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

Welcoming remarks:

  • Victor A. Sadovnichiy, Full Member of RAS, Rector of Lomonosov Moscow State University (LMSU) (TBC)
  • Stanislav B. Buben, Director of Agroindustrial Policy Department, Eurasian Economic Commission
  • Andrey A. Bokarev, Director of Department of International Financial Relations, Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation (TBC)
  • Representative of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation
  • Representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
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

  • Scientific and practical problems of ensuring food security of Eurasia, Mikhail P. Kirpichnikov, Professor, Full Member of the Russian Academy of Science, Dean of the Department of Biology, LMSU, Sergey A. Shoba, Director of ECFS, LMSU (Moscow, Russia)
  • Food security Doctrine of the Russian Federation: implementation results and areas for improvement, Vasily Ya. Uzun, Professor, Chief Researcher, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) (Moscow, Russia)
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

  • Main presentationJohan Swinnen, Professor, Catholic University of Leuven (Leuven, Belgium)
  • Russia’s role in food security of the Eurasian region, Evgeniy V. Tsvetnov, Leading Researcher, ECFS (Moscow, Russia)
  • Improving food security in northern regions: case study of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Anna P. Malysheva, Deputy Head of the Sector, Center for Strategic Studies of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
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)

  • Addressing Food Loss and Waste in a global context – policy and implementation, Felicitas Schneider, coordinator of the Collaboration Initiative Food Losses and Food Waste, Thünen Institute (Braunschweig, Germany)
  • Foodbank is one of the instruments of the program on safe food products’ recovery and helping people in need all over Russia, Anna A. Alieva-Khrustaleva, Vice-President of The All-Russian Charity Foundation Foodbank Rus
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. KrasilnikovCorresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Science (RAS), Deputy Director of the Eurasian Center for Food Security (ECFS), Lomonosov Moscow State University

  • Daniil N. Kozlov, Deputy Director of the V.V. Dokuchaev Soil Science Institute
  • Prioritizing Climate Smart Agriculture interventions: approaches and lessons learned from Central Asia and beyond, Godefroy Grosjean, Asia Climate Policy Hub Leader, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), CGIAR (Hanoi, Vietnam)
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.)

  • Harnessing the potential of soils for climate and food security: the 4 per 1000 initiative, Jean Francois Soussana, Scientific Director of French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) (Paris, France)
  • Efficient implementation of agricultural production potential and management of agricultural assets taking into account climate change and soil fertility, Vladimir A. Romanenkov, ECFS (Moscow, Russia)
  • Ensuring food security for the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Sergey N. Bobylev, Professor, Department of Economics, LMSU (Moscow, Russia)
18:00 Reception
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

  • Ensuring sustainable development of the agri-food sector in the Russian Far North (the case of Yakutia), Alexey Naumov and Daria SIdorova (Moscow State University (MSU), Department of Geography)
  • Strengthening the wild-harvest value chain in Armenia to reduce poverty in rural areas, Yulia Mitusova (The World Bank) and Sergey Meloyan (Armenian National Agrarian University)
  • Assessment of efficiency of organic agriculture development in UzbekistanValeriy Koshelev (Moscow Timiryazev Agricultural Academy (RSAU-MTAA) and Saodat Dusmuratova (Tashkent State Agrarian University)
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.) 

  • Development of Agricultural Research and Extension System of Korea and its Implications for Eurasian Countries, Heo Jang, Korea Rural Economic Institute (KREI), (Seoul, Korea)
  • Country Study Presentation: Russia – Vitaly Nagornov
  • Country Study Presentation: Tajikistan – Christine Oriol
  • Country Study Presentation: Uzbekistan – Botir Dosov


Hall – Г-232

Session 4.2: Food Security in Eurasia: Case Studies (cont.)

  • Improving the fruit and vegetable supply chain in UzbekistanDarya Ilina and Muzafar Karimov (Institute of Forecasting and Macroeconomic Research)
  • Losses of agricultural produce in horticulture and their impact on food security in the Kyrgyz RepublicEldar Kelemetov (Federal Research Center of Agrarian Economy and Social Development of Rural Areas – All Russian Research Institute of Agricultural Economics) and Ekaterina Yakubovich (All-Russian Institute of Agrarian Problems and Informatics named after Nikonov A.A.)
  • Options for improved performance of the wheat value chain in Armenia for better alignment with government policy, Naira Harutyunyan (Haybusak University of Yerevan) and Elena Belova (ECFS)
  • Promoting relationships between local agricultural producers and the National School Meal Program in the Kyrgyz Republic, Anatoly Maksimovand Yulia Kalinichenko, (NGO “Social and Industrial Foodservice Institute (SIFI) )
12:15 – 13:45 Lunch
13:45 – 16:00 Hall – Г-226

Session 4.3: IFRPI Session

Moderator:  Moderator:  Kamiljon Akramov, IFPRI, Washington, DC

  • Understanding the effects of future-oriented aspirations on women’s empowerment: Evidence from Kyrgyzstan, Katrina Kosec, (IFPRI, Washington, DC, USA)
  • Evolving food systems in Central Asia: Challenges and Opportunities, Kamiljon Akramov, (IFPRI, Washington, DC, USA)
  • Agricultural and Food Policy Capacity in Central Asia: Challenges, Issues and Opportunities, Suresh Babu, (IFPRI, Washington, DC, USA)
  • Sustainable Land Management Options for Increased Agricultural Productivity and Soil Improvement in Central Asia, Ram Sharma and Akmal Akramkhanov, (ICARDA Central Asia Regional Program, Tashkent, Uzbekistan)
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

  • Recent factors challenging to reverse the gains in food security and nutrition: Building capacity and resilience to address them, Marco Sánchez Cantillo (Deputy Director Agricultural Development Economics Division, FAO)
  • Food safety for achieving food security within changing food systems, Eleonora Dupouy (Food Safety and Quality Officer, FAO)
  • Social Protection and Safety Nets for Enhanced Food Security and Nutrition , Carl Paulsson (Senior Programme Advisor, The United Nations World Food Programme(WFP))
  • FAO’s School Food and Nutrition Approach, Melissa Vargas, (Nutrition Education, FAO)
  • Developing Capacity for Strengthening Food Security and Nutrition in Selected Countries of the Caucasus and Central Asia. Mauricio Rosales (Senior Project Coordinator FAO)


16:00 – 16:15 Coffee Break
16:15 – 16:45 Hall – Г-226

Closing Plenary and Conference

  • Artavazd Hakobyan, Senior Agriculture Economist, the World Bank
  • Sergey A. Shoba, Professor, Corresponding Member of the RAS, Director of the ECFS, Lomonosov Moscow State University
19:00 – 21:00 Conference Dinner
October 4, Thursday

Side Event

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.