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The program is tentative and will be updated regularly.

25 MARCH 2019

8:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Txorierri Hall

Exchange session between Family Farming Organisations.

Internal working session for farmers organizations.

26 MARCH 2019

8:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Lezama Hall


Internal working session for women farmers.

10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Coffee Break.

11:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Txorierri Hall

IYFF+10 World Coordination Committee Meeting.

11:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lezama Hall


Internal working session for young farmers.

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


3:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Txorierri Hall


Internal working session for NCFF members.

5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Lezama Hall

ILC CBI Reference Group Meeting.

Internal working session.

27 MARCH 2019

8:45 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Vidrieras Hall

Introductory Remarks on the Decade of Family Farming.

José María Zeberio - President of WRF. Marcela Villarreal – Director, Partnerships Division, including a video message of Graziano Da Silva – Director General of FAO. Ashwani Muthoo – Director of the Global Engagement and Multilateral Relations Division, on behalf of the President of IFAD.

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Vidrieras Hall

Keynote Presentations.

Esther Penunia - Secretary General of AFA.
Alberto Broch - Secretary General of COPROFAM.
Interaction with the audience.

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.Torre Hall

Coffee Break.

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Vidrieras Hall

Roundtable Discussion: Youth and Women.

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Vidrieras Hall

Institutional Opening.

Iñigo Urkullu - President of the Basque Country Government.
José María Zeberio - President of WRF. Josefa Leonel Sacko – Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union (AU) Commission.
Mario Arvelo - President of the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS).
Renato Alvarado Rivera - Minister of Agriculture and Livestock of Costa Rica (TBC).
Fernando Miranda - Secretary General of Agriculture and Food from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food of Spain.
Leonard Mizzi – Head of Unit C1, DG DEVCO, European Commission.

1:30 p.m. Torre Hall

Group photo.

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


3:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Vidrieras Hall Lezama Hall Txorierri Hall Astintze Hall

Working Groups: Decade of Family Farming Action Plan.

28 MARCH 2019

07:30 a.m. - 08:45 a.m.

Implementation of the Decade.

Informal Breakfast between Government Representatives.
Closed session, observers under invitation only.

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Vidrieras Hall

Keynote Presentation: Decade of Family Farming and SDGs.

Gabriel Ferrero - Director General of Sustainable Policies of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain.

9:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Vidrieras Hall

Roundtable Discussion: Wrap up from Working Groups.

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.Vidrieras Hall

WRF 20th Anniversary.

Tribute and future initiatives.

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.Torre Hall

Coffee Break.

12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Vidrieras Hall

Closing Remarks and Farewell.

Bittor Oroz Izaguirre – Vice-Secretary of Agriculture, Fisherie and Food Policies of the Basque Government.
Representative of the Parliamentary Alliance in favour of the Right to Food from the Phillippines. (TBC)
Joan Brady – International Coordination Committee of La Vía Campesina.
Arianna Giuliodori - Secretary General of WFO.
Oana Neagu – COPA-COGECA Director.
Lautaro Viscay – Technical Secretary of REAF-Mercosur.
Maite Peñacoba Etxebarria - Director General of Agriculture in the Provincial Government of Bizkaia. Martin Uriarte - Vice-President of the WRF.

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Torre Hall


3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Field visits.

Derio Agricultural Training School.
Barrenetxe Agri-Cooperative .
Garaia Agri-Cooperative.
La Ribera Food Market and Bilbao CityTour.

7:30 p.m.

Bus Departure to the Aspaldiko Restaurant, Loiu.

8:00 p.m.


Aspaldiko Restaurant, Loiu.

29 MARCH 2019

9:00 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. Lezama Hall

WRF Board meeting.

Internal session, observers under invitation only.

10:40 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Coffee Break.

11:15 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lezama Hall

General Assembly.

Open to the public.

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.


3:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Lezama Hall

Working Session: New WRF Board meeting.

Internal session, observers under invitation only.


Derio Agrarian High School
The Derio Agrarian High School is a public Vocational Training center, with a broad history that has made it a reference center within the field of agricultural education. It was founded in 1986 at the time when Vocational Training was extended as autonomous teaching throughout the country. It offers training to young students in subjects such as Forest Management and Natural Environment, Agroecological Production, Floristry etc.
The first part of the visit will be a brief introductory talk in which it will be explained the educational system of vocational training in the Basque Country in general, as well as the educational program that is taught in the Derio Agrarian High School in the 4 degrees (2 middle and 2 high). In the second part, there will be a visit to the facilities: classrooms, workshops and greenhouses.

Barrenetxe Agri-Cooperative
Barrenetxe is a cooperative of professional farmers producing traditional vegetables from the Basque Country, active since 1980.
They are pioneers in innovative techniques suitable for the sustainability of the rural environment. Barrenetxe has its farms spread along Bizkaia’s coast and inland in order to offer continuity to its productions throughout the year.
The visit will be to the farm located in Gatika (inland of Bizkaia) where a tour around its facilities will take place, both outdoors and in the greenhouse.

Garaia Agri-Cooperative
Garaia Agri-Cooperative develops its activity in the horticultural sector and the ornamental plants. Its activity is based on the commercialization and distribution of its members’ exploitations products.
It offers to their members modern commercial structures, in such a way that the added value derived from their activity directly affects them, making their farms more profitable economically and providing them with a better quality of life.

Bilbao city Tour + La Ribera Food Market
The “Mercado de la Ribera” is a market place in Bilbao city. It is located on the right bank of the Nervion estuary, next to the old quarter of the city. It has a commercial area of 10,000m2, which makes it the largest covered market in Europe. Inside it collects stalls selling different products, highlighting fresh food. It includes a section for the direct sale of products by local producers.
In the first part of the visit there will be a guided tour by bus through the most important touristic points of the city. Then, there will be a short guided tour around Casco Viejo (Old Town), ending at La Ribera Food Market.

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Supported by

govierno vasco agencia vasca de cooperación para el desarrollo ministerio de agricultura, alimentación y medio ambiente agenda ebc 2030
fao FIDA international land coalition idf
diputación foral del Álava diputación foral del Vizcaya diputación foral del Gipuzkoa laboral kutxa emakunde bbk
euskadi coop udapa kaiku_coop kaiku petronor lks basque country