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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

NEW AGRICULTURE
NEW COOPERATIVES

Towards a new
paradigm of collaboration
for the new generation

31/1/2020 Thessaloniki
28η Agrotica
Aimilios Riadis venue, TIF

NEW AGRICULTURE - NEW COOPERATIVES

The cooperative movement in Greece has been the subject of discussion and renegotiation in recent years by area experts, economists, and institutional representatives.

Recent studies on rural cooperatives in Greece reveal the main causes of their collapse: stateism, partisanship, institutional ambiguity, a lack of cooperative consciousness, inadequate education and training. In response to the fragmented agricultural sector, experts suggest reorganizing the rural cooperatives and shifting towards competitive collective actions and new cooperative schemes.

In order to strengthen the Greek rural areas and to fully develop the potential of the agrifood sector, there is a need to create a new narrative for a new form of collectivity in the primary sector and in agrifood: a new model for cooperation. In the core of this new model, the cooperative should emerge as a business need and a tool to address the challenges of primary production.

Τhe conference seeks to contribute to a new, healthy, creative dialogue on the role of the cooperative as a leverage for the development of the agrifood sector. Looking at the new generation of farmers and cooperatives, the conference highlights best practices from Greece and abroad, utilizing the failures of the past as a learning tool for further development.

Greek and foreign experts from Europe and the United States of America, partners and researchers, share knowledge and experience and form a new platform for the design of competitive cooperative schemes, which will serve as tools for the development of both the industry and the country as a whole.

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CONFERENCE PROGRAM

Friday 31 / 01 / 2020 10:00 - 18:15

10:00 - 10:30

30'

Registration

10:30 - 10:40

10'

Welcome Speech

Effie Lazaridou, Managing Director New Agriculture for a New Generation

Robert M. Goodman, Executive Dean, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University, USA

10:40 - 10:50

10'

Introduction – Setting the Scene

Kostas Karantininis, Professor Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU): New Agriculture - New Cooperatives Towards a new paradigm of collaboration for the new generation

10:50 - 11:20

30'

Presentation of recent findings

Sanjib Bhuyan, Associate Professor Rutgers University, USA

Marianna Skylakaki- Theo Benos, diaNEOsis (2019): A new model of cooperatives for the Agrifood sector in Greece

11:20 - 12:30

70'

Institutions and Cooperatives

Coordinator: Yannis Sarros, Chief Editor Ypaithros Hora newspaper

Kostas Baginetas, General Secretary Ministry of Rural Development and Food

Steen Nørgaard Madsen, Chairman of the Danish Dairy Board, member of Arla's Board of Directors

Dr. Ifigeneia Douvitsa, Expert in Cooperative Law

Andrianni Anna Mitropoulou, Lawyer, former Legal Adviser PASEGES

Christos Stamatis, CEO Stevia Hellas Coop

12:30 - 13:00

30'

Dialogues

Petros Efthimiou, Journalist

Mavroudis Voridis, Minister of Rural Development and Food

13:00 - 14:00

60'

Lunch Break

14:00 - 15:10

70'

Cooperatives: Future Challenges

Coordinator Sofia Spyrou, Journalist - Agri-food Consultant

Sanjib Bhuyan, Associate Professor Rutgers University, USA

Markos Kafouros, President, Union of Thiraic Products Cooperatives

Dionysios Valassas, General Manager ZAGORIN Agricultural Cooperative

Anastasios Lappas, Chairman and CEO, Cooperative Bank of Thessaly

Panagiotis Kalfountzos, President, Farmer's Cooperative of Thessaly THESGI

15:10 - 16:15

65'

Agricultural Cooperatives: Models of Governance

Coordinator John Panagos, Journalist, publisher and general manager of the Agrenda newspaper

Arjen Van Nuland, Managing Director The Dutch Council of Cooperatives

Andreas Dimitriou, President PINDOS Ioannina Agricultural Poultry Cooperative

Steen Nørgaard Madsen, Chairman, Danish Dairy Board & Member of BoD, Arla Foods

Georgios Avatangelos, Director Agricultural Banking, Piraeus Bank

16:15 - 16:30

15'

Break

16:30 - 17:15

45'

Education, Innovation and Agricultural Cooperatives

Coordinator: Dr. Dimitrios Voloudakis, Training and Talent Manager New Agriculture for a New Generation

Sanjib Bhuyan, Associate Professor Rutgers University, USA

Arjen Van Nuland, Managing Director The Dutch Council of Cooperatives

George Papadakis, Professor Agricultural University of Athens

17:15 - 18:05

50'

Conclusions- The Day After

Scientific Committee

Kostas Karantininis, Professor Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

Aspasia Vlachvei, Professor University of Western Macedonia

Ourania Notta, Professor International Hellenic University & Hellenic Open University

Panagiota Sergaki, Associate Professor Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Stavriani Koutsou, Professor International Hellenic University

Prodromos Kalaitzis, Senior Policy Advisor Agri-food Cooperatives and Producers Organisations

Theo Benos, Researcher and Agri-food Sector Consultant

18:05 - 18:15

10'

Closing remarks

Effie Lazaridou, Managing Director New Agriculture for a New Generation

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New Agriculture for a New Generation
I.Kranidioti 2, Lamda center (building L1, 1st floor)
57001, Thermi, Thessaloniki

Tel: +30 2310 471 292
email: info@generationag.org

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The conference will be held in the Aimilios Riadis venue, inside TIF.
The suggested entrance for the visitors is the TiF's entrance at Egnatia street.

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