Preliminary Agenda and Speakers’ Biographies
Day 1 – Tuesday, October 2
Hall – Ballroom
|09:00 – 09:30||Registration|
|09:30 – 10:00||Opening Session
Chair: Sergey A. Shoba, Professor, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Science (RAS), Director of the Eurasian Center for Food Security (ECFS), Lomonosov Moscow State University
|10:00 – 11:00||Plenary session Strategic Goals of Insuring Food Security in Eurasia
Moderator: Sergey A. Shoba, Director of the Eurasian Center for Food Security (ECFS), Lomonosov Moscow State University
|11:00 – 11:30||Coffee Break|
|11:30 – 13:00||Session 1 Agricultural Transformation for Food Security and Nutrition in Eurasia
Moderator: Artavazd Hakobyan, Senior Agriculture Economist, the World Bank
|13:00 – 14:00||Lunch and Networking Break|
|14:00 – 14:30||Poster Session|
|14:30 – 15:15||Session 2 Enabling Food System to Reduce Food Loss and Food Waste
Moderator: Sergey V. Kiselev, Professor, Department of Economics, LMSU (Moscow, Russia)
|15:15 – 15:30||Gennady V. Kulik, Deputy of the State Duma. Welcoming remarks|
|15:15-16:00||Session 3 Climate Change and Other Challenges for Food Security
Moderator: Pavel V. Krasilnikov, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Science (RAS), Deputy Director of the Eurasian Center for Food Security (ECFS), Lomonosov Moscow State University
|16:00 – 16:30||Coffee Break and Poster Session|
|16:30 – 18:00||Session 3 Climate Change and Other Challenges for Food Security
Moderator: Pavel V. Krasilnikov, Professor, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Science (RAS), Vice-Director of the ECFS, LMSU (Moscow, Russia) (cont.)
|Day 2 – October 3, Wednesday|
|09:00 – 10:30||Hall – Г-226
Session 4.1: Agricultural and Food Systems Transformation for Better Food Security and Nutrition in Eurasia
Moderator: Johan Swinnen, University of Leuven (KUL)
|Hall – Г-232
Session 4.2: Food Security in Eurasia: Case Studies 2018
Moderator: Jonathan Wadsworth, Adviser (Agriculture and Research) at the World Bank
|10:30 – 10:45||Coffee Break|
|10:45 – 12:15||Hall – Г-226
Session 4.1: Agricultural and Food Systems Transformation for Better Food Security and Nutrition in Eurasia (cont.)
|Hall – Г-232
Session 4.2: Food Security in Eurasia: Case Studies (cont.)
|12:15 – 13:45||Lunch|
|13:45 – 16:00||Hall – Г-226
Session 4.3: IFRPI Session
Moderator: Moderator: Kamiljon Akramov, IFPRI, Washington, DC
|Hall – Г-232
Session 4.4: FAO Session: Developing capacity in the field of food security, nutrition-sensitive social protection programs at regional and country level
Moderator: Aghasi Harutyunyan, Officer-in-Charge of the FAO Liaison Office with the Russian Federation
|16:00 – 16:15||Coffee Break|
|16:15 – 16:45||Hall – Г-226
Closing Plenary and Conference
|19:00 – 21:00||Conference Dinner|
|October 4, Thursday|
Regional Workshop: Stakeholders’ perspectives and knowledge needs on SOC sequestration
(in the frame of CIRCASA project)
8:30 – 12:30
(separate registration is required)
Field trip #1: JSC State farm named after Lenin
from 9:00 to 16:00
92 hectares of arable land, 16 hectares of gardens, 9 horses, 10 cows, 13 pigs and 18 hens: these are the official data from 1922, which begins the history of the enterprise. For 100 years the farm was registered as Oreshkovsky khutor; 10 years later it was renamed Lenin state farm.
At the moment, the multisectoral agricultural enterprise JSC State farm named after Lenin (in Russian only) is located in the town of Vidnoe near Moscow and occupies 2,000 hectares. It is headed by Pavel Grudinin.
This agricultural enterprise is the largest producer of strawberries in Russia. One ton of strawberries is harvested annually. In addition, the farm produces apples, pears, currants, gooseberries, sea buckthorns, aronia berries, and raspberries. A separate area is allocated for testing new varieties. An animal husbandry workshop with a robotic dairy farm operates on the property. Participants in the excursion will walk along the orchards and corn fields, visit the agro-tourist complex Russkaya Derevnya, and learn how the juice factory works.
Field trip #2: JSC Russian Parmesan
from 09:00 to 16:30
Istra’s cheese factory, Russian Parmesan, was founded on August 7, 2015, in the village of Dubrovskoye. Its owner, Oleg Sirota, who previously worked in information technology (IT), scheduled its launch date to coincide with the anniversary of Russia’s acceptance of Western sanctions. The goal of the farm is to provide import substitution in the form of domestic hard cheeses, molded cheese, and some types of soft cheeses. The company focuses on producing Parmesan and Emmental.
The cheese factory occupies a total area of 1,500 square meters. About 500 kilograms of cheese per day is produced here; its goods are sold at 15 locations in Moscow and the surrounding region.
Since 2016, Russian Parmesan has been hosting Istra’s summer cheese festival with the participation of domestic cheese makers and producers of other farm products: meat, sausage, bread, sweets, and low-alcoholic beverages. This year more than 150 agricultural enterprises participated in the festival; 115 of them were cheese makers.
After touring the cheese factory we invite participants to walk in the New Jerusalem Monastery—a historic monastery of the Russian Orthodox Church in Istra, in the Moscow Region, founded in 1656 by Patriarch Nikon. The main idea of the site was to replicate the holy places of Palestine near Moscow. The nearby river Istra was named “the river Jordan.” The New Jerusalem Monastery was created on a hill, which was filled, strengthened, and called “Zion.”
At the end of 2016, the big job of restoring the monastery was complete. Now it is possible to walk around the large property belonging to the complex, the center of which is the Resurrection Cathedral (its unusual dome, shaped like a tent with 60 windows, provides vitality to the monastery).
Field trip #3: The Danilovsky Food Market
from 14:00 to 16:30
The Danilovsky Food Market is the oldest market in Moscow, established in the 13th or 14th century. The modern building housing the market, designed by the architects Felix Novikov and Gavriil Akulov, was constructed in 1963. They were inspired by the dome of the Druzhba gymnasium, which was then under construction for the Moscow Olympics in Luzhniki (1979). The Muscovites called this dome the Turtle.
Danilovsky is the first market in Moscow that is similar to Barcelona’s Boqueria market. It evolved from being an ordinary place to buy fresh produce to become a popular location with a large food court area, neat trade rows, and space for master classes and gastronomic festivals. This transformation was initiated in 2011 by the new director Maxim Popov. Now Danilovsky is managed by the large restaurant holding Ginza Project.
Around the world in 80 minutes is the concept of the market, which is home to over 30 food stalls representing cuisines from different countries of the world. Food stalls with Vietnamese, Indian, Dagestan, and Moroccan food are the most popular and have the longest lines.
In July 2018, Danilovsky hosted an event on food waste. Entitled Change Food Waste, the event included a roundtable discussion, lectures, and master classes on the wise use of food waste.
Field trip #4: Charity Foundation Foodbank Rus
Charity Foundation Foodbank Rus is a Russian organization that, over the past six years, has provided food aid to people all over Russia. Every month the organization saves food from producers and gives it away to the needy for free. Goods with an expiring (but not yet expired) shelf life, batches of food products with errors on the label or crumpled packaging, seasonal surpluses (for example, ice cream in winter), and unsightly vegetables and fruits are among these food products. The Foundation assists the poor by sending them products that companies are unable to sell. The Foodbank has saved 25,000 tons of food since its founding.
To support the Foodbank project, Meals for All volunteers from different regions gather monthly in the packing area to form food packages. Food aid consists of five types of cereals and sunflower oil. Food packages are provided for poor families with children, senior citizens, and other socially vulnerable categories of citizens. Distribution of products is carried out by partner charitable organizations and social protection bodies as well as Russian Orthodox Church Parishes.