Investing on Local Farmers’ Solutions to address Global Food System Challenges


World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO)
Andreas Hermes Academy (AHA)

Time: Thursday, 19. January 2023, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Room: M4-M5

Languages: English, German, French


The further development and realisation of future food systems is the next step after the declarations given by all stakeholders at UN Food Systems Summit (Sept 2021). National Pathways are defined and need to be implemented. Throughout the process, Farmers’ Organisations (FOs) have played a vital role at all levels, as visible in the “Producer Declaration to the Food Systems Summit” and the “Global Action Plan for the Decade of Family Farming (2019-2028)”. Now FOs can support their national stakeholders in the implementation and are actively taking roles as channel of information and innovation for their members, as influencers and supervisors of their political framework, as discussion and implementing partners for governmental and non-governmental organisations.
The challenge: Farmers and FOs are expected to play this important role, and to provide own resources for it. This is a barrier to the achievement, as capacities are very limited. It needs an internationally supported approach to provide the financial resources, so that farmers can become the key actor in the implementation that they should be.
The panel is composed of farmer representatives and multilateral financial partners. World Farmers’ Organisation and the Pan-African Farmers’ Organisation will describe the challenge and the potential benefit of a strong and active role of FOs in the process. A representative of AgriCord will highlight potential ways, how to strengthen FOs in their financial, human and organizational capacities. Worldbank and IFAD will provide insights into the possible facilities – and their limitations. The Coordination Hub of the Food Systems Summit will break down this multilateral perspective, to show, how this needs and can be brought to the national level for implementation.

Panel Guests

Edward Davey has two jobs at WRI. The first is Policy and International Engagement Director of the Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU). Here, he advocates for global policy change on food and land use systems, working with national governments, international institutions and FOLU’s Ambassadors. In this role, he served as an adviser to the UK government during its Presidency of COP26 and was involved in the preparation of the Glasgow Leaders Declaration on Forests and Land Use.

The second is as Co-Director of WRI UK, a joint role with Leo Horn-Phathanothai. In this role, Edward is responsible for the care of WRI UK’s 50 staff, its relationship with the UK government, UK-based Board members and other key partners, as well as with WRI’s royal patron, the former Prince of Wales, now King Charles III.

Mr. Marcel Groleau was President of the Producteurs de lait du Québec from 2004 to 2011 before becoming General President of the Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA) and Vice-President of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA), a position he held until December 2021.

Marcel Groleau’s involvement in the agricultural sector goes well beyond the UPA presidency. He is also president of UPA Développement international and president of Agricord, an organization of 12 agencies that support the development of agricultural organizations in less developed countries. He is also president of the Agricultural and food exception coalition. Mr. Groleau sits on the Executive Committee of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture and on the Advisory Committee of the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute. He has participated in numerous missions abroad to follow up on the negotiation of bilateral and multilateral trade agreements and international meetings of agricultural organizations. He also holds a seat on the audit committee of the World Farmers Organization. Mr. Groleau also participated in the advisory committee on the renegotiation of NAFTA.

Mr. Groleau is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ) and the Banques alimentaires du Québec.


President of the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO) since June 2022, Arnold Puech d’Alissac is a passionate family farmer in the Normandy region in northern France. He farms free-range poultry, beef cattle and various crops in Pissy-Pôville.

Mr Puech d’Alissac has always dedicated his life to advocating for the farmers at the national, regional and global levels.

Bureau member of the Fédération national des syndicats d’exploitant agricoles (FNSEA), he represented the European Constituency on the WFO Board from 2017 to 2022, also serving as the Treasurer and Vice President of the Organisation.

He also held the position of President of the European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA) from 1999 to 2001.

His motto is “Tout seul, on va plus vite, ensemble, on va plus loin” (“Alone we go faster, together we go further”).


Thouraya Triki is the Director of the Sustainable Production, Markets and Institutions Division (PMI), IFAD’s technical division supporting regional teams to design and implement Investment projects and Grants aimed at reducing rural poverty and promoting food security. She also oversees IFAD’s private sector unit in charge of non-sovereign private sector operations and initiatives.

Before joining IFAD, Triki worked at the African Development Bank (AfDB) as Manager in the Microeconomics, Institutions and Development Impact Division, at its headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. In that role, she oversaw the screening of all AfDB private sector operations in terms of additionality and development impact.

From 2013 to 2017, she was Chief Country Economist at AfDB North Africa Regional Department based in Tunis, Tunisia where she worked on both private and public sector operations, with a particular focus on entrepreneurship, Public Private Partnerships and financial inclusion/ financial sector development initiatives. She also played a leading role in setting up the AfDB Public Private Partnerships Hub for North Africa and the Souk At-tanmia program promoting youth employment.

From 2008 to 2013 Triki held a senior and then principal economist position at AfDB where she helped set up the Additionality and Development Outcome Assessment (ADOA) team. In this role, she also actively contributed to developing several AfDB flagship programs such as the SME program and the trade finance program, and authored several papers and books on financial inclusion and financial sector development in Africa.

Before joining the AfDB, Triki spent about 10 years in various positions in academia – teaching finance in Canada, France and Tunisia, and managing and consulting with private sector businesses.

Triki holds a PhD in finance (risk management) from HEC Montréal.


Martien van Nieuwkoop, a Dutch national, was appointed Global Director for the Agriculture and Food Global Practice in the World Bank’s Sustainable Development Practice Group on July 1, 2019.  As Global Director, Martien provides leadership to the formulation and implementation of the Bank’s strategy and knowledge in agriculture and food, oversees the operationalization of the Bank’s vision on agriculture and food in regional and country programs, acts as senior spokesperson for agriculture and food Bank-wide and globally and manages the Agriculture and Food Global Practice.  The Agriculture and Food Global Practice has a portfolio of about 160 projects with close to US$ 20 billion in commitments in investment project, program-for-results and development policy lending and about 250 staffs.

Before taking this position, Martien served for two years as Practice Director of the World Bank’s Agriculture Global Practice, where he oversaw the Bank’s agriculture lending, portfolio and analytic work in the East-Asia Pacific, Latin-America and the Caribbean and South Asia Regions, coordinated collaboration with IFC on agribusiness, and led the Bank’s global engagement on agriculture and climate change.

Martien joined the World Bank in 1993 as a Young Professional and worked initially as an agriculture economist in the Latin-America and Caribbean Region.  He was cluster leader covering agriculture during field assignments in Madagascar from 2001-2004 and in India from 2005-2007.  From 2007 to 2015 Martien worked as Program Coordinator and Sector Manager for Agriculture in various assignments in the Africa Region, including covering Southern and West-Africa.  He was also the Practice Manager for Agriculture in the South-Asia Region, a position he held from 2015-2017.  Prior to joining the Bank, Martien was an associate scientist in the Economics Program of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Mexico from 1991-1993 and an associate expert in the Dutch bilateral cooperation program in Pakistan from 1989-1991.

Martien holds a Final (“Doctoraal”) Examination (Cum Laude), Development Economics from Wageningen Agricultural University, Wageningen, The Netherlands and an MBA (Beta-Gamma-Sigma), International Executive Program from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., USA.  He grew up on a family-owned horticulture farm in Gouda, The Netherlands.

Connect with Martien van Nieuwkoop on LinkedIn.



Dr. Babafemi Oyewole, the CEO of Pan African Farmers Organization (PAFO), is an international and tri-sector executive leader with a track record of success that reflects broad experience gained across banking, corporate management, strategy, marketing, and business development.

Earlier, he was the CEO of African Agribusiness Alliance, Accra, Ghana; former CEO of African Cashew Alliance, Accra, Ghana; a former Executive Director/CEO of African Energy Investment Corporation, AEICORP, Cotonou, Benin Republic and General Manager Banque Internationale du Benin. He served as Deputy Secretary General of the West African Bankers Association (WABA) in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Dr Oyewole obtained his PhD (Development Finance and Policy) from the University of Bradford, U.K. as a Chevening Scholar; MBA (Marketing and Business Strategy) and Executive Certificate in Financial Institutions for Private Sector Development from the Harvard University, USA in addition to several professional and personal development courses in reputable institutions.

He is a regular resource person and speaker in international conferences and fluent in English and French languages.


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