The World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO) brings together dozens of national farming associations from all over the world, and its mission is to represent farmers’ interests and provide advocacy on everything from sustainability to nutrition.
Luxembourg had the privilege of hosting the WFO General Assembly from May 19-23, 2019. The main focus of this large-scale gathering was to discuss innovations needed to combat problems like malnutrition and gender inequality in agriculture, and how the organization can ensure that farmers remain at the heart of innovation. Over 400 participants and 70 speakers attended the week-long event, most of them high-level representatives of governments, national institutions, research centres, development agencies, and private companies. Included in the event were sessions covering innovations in finance and investment, family farming practices, and how to instill more trust along the supply chain. Among the esteemed speakers were Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, the 2018 World Food Prize laureate David Nabarro, and Jean-Jacques Soula, who is Coordinator of the World Organisation for Animal Health. The event was held at the Alvisse Parc Hotel, which is set among a lush forest on the outskirts of Luxembourg City.