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Evolving consumers' demand and increasingly competitive international markets require new approaches to agriculture and agribusiness. The EastAgri region, which covers 29 countries in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus, is in a prime position to meet these changing demands and stricter standards. Adding value through quality and origin-based labels and greener food chains are examples of approaches to gain a competitive advantage on International markets. Importantly, an enabling policy environment and adequate access to financing are key to upgrading food chains to higher quality standards.

FAO and the EBRD are organizing the 2014 EastAgri Annual Meeting to bring together International Financing Institutions, banks, agribusiness companies and policy-makers to discuss innovative approaches to fostering investment that help food chains meet higher quality and environmental standards.

Stakeholders from influential public and private institutions from the EastAgri region will address the title question through a plenary panel on the first day and technical roundtable discussions on the second day. Concrete outcomes and next steps will be defined as a group meeting at the end of the two days.

Annual Meeting Location

Kinoteka, The Yugoslav Film Archives
Uzun Mirkova 1, Beograd, Serbia
Phone: +381 11 32 48 250
Kinoteka, The Yugoslav Film Archives

Registration is now closed. All the materials from the meeting will be available on the site once the meeting is over.

Forum Documents

(i) Related Documents
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Detailed agenda English PDF Download
Logistics English PDF Download
Roundtable 1 summary English PDF Download
Roundtable 2 summary English PDF Download
Roundtable 3 summary English PDF Download
Roundtable 4 (part 1) summary English PDF Download
Roundtable 4 (part 2) summary English PDF Download
List of participants English PDF Download
Speaker and moderator biographies English PDF Download
EBRD press release English URL Download
Op-ed Investing in Food Quality Matters English URL Download
FAO: Food production challenge: quantity and quality English URL Download
EastAgri meeting conclusions English PDF Download
EastAgri slideshow English PDF Download
(ii) Plenary Session
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EastAgri: where networking matters, Hidier English PDF Download
Plenary A- Upgrading quality in the region's food chains English PDF Download
Plenary B- Best Partnerships : Enhancing IFI cooperation- EastAgri Download
(iii) RT1 - Expansion to new markets through quality enhancement
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What can be learnt from Organic?- Euromonitor, Cowland English PDF Download
RT1 conclusions English PDF Download
(iv) RT2 - Financing the modernization of agribusiness SMEs
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Introductory powerpoint English PDF Download
Biomashin- Bulgaria English PDF Download
EBRD support for SMEs English PDF Download
Frankfurt School of Finance & Management Foundation English PDF Download
Financial engineering schemes in Romania English PDF Download
RT 2 conclusions English PDF Download
(v) RT3 - The greening of food value chains
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Greening Growth in Eurasian Transition Economies English PDF Download
ASTARTA English PDF Download
Why, How + Role of Finance English PDF Download
Implications and Opportunities for the Private sector English PDF Download
Follow the brand- IFC English PDF Download
RT 3 conclusions English PDF Download
(vi) RT 4 - Improving policies and partnerships for investment
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Serbian Dairies Association, G. Janjic English PDF Download
Agriculture sector priorities- Serbia, B. Shamsiev English PDF Download
Warehouse Receipt System, T. Djukanovic English PDF Download
Access to finance for Agri Business Companies, E. Fongers English PDF Download
Private sector companies- cooperatives, G. Grothe English PDF Download
RT 4 conclusions English PDF Download

For any other information on the Forum, please do not hesitate to contact:

Nada Zvekic
FAO Investment Centre
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
00100 Rome, Italy
Nada.Zvekic@fao.org

For urgent inquiries, please dial:
Nada Zvekic: +39 06 570 55474

Sophie Stark
EBRD - Agribusiness
London
+44 20 7338 6151
starkso@ebrd.com

Additional support for this event has been provided by the following:

Additional Support Provided By
organised by
 
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO)
Food and Agricultural Organization
of the United Nations
 
funded by EBRD, the World Bank and FAO