Conference Program

Conference Topics


Food Biodiversity and conservation of genetic resources


Small-scale artisan farmers, marketing and access to markets



Registration of participants


Opening Ceremony

Chair of the International Conference "Putting Farmers First"

Alban Ibraliu

Representative of  Academy of Science of Albania

Salvatore Bushati

Vice Rector of Agricultural University of Tirana

Sulejman Sulçe

Representative of Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development

Flamur Laze

FAO, Rome, Italy

Emilie Vandecandelaere

SARED - GIZ Office Albania

Ole Henriksen

Terra Madre Balkan2016 Coordinator and leader of VIS Albania

PierPaolo Ambrosi

09:30 – 10:00

Invited SpeakerMichele Rumiz

Trends, opportunities and challenges for SLOW FOOD in the BALCANS


Coffee break

10:30-11:30 - Session 1 (Biodiversity/the contribution of Plant genetic Resources in Slow Foods and sustainable agricultural development)

10:30 – 10:45

Invited speaker: Assoc.Prof.Dr. Dessislava Dimitrova and Dr.  Teodora Ivanova from the Bulgarian Academy of Science “Research as a driver for change – conclusions from the ESSEDRA project”

10:45 – 11:00

Invited speaker:  Prof.Dr. Andrea Shundi: Albanian Cultural and Material E(t)nogastronomy Heritage.

11:00 – 11:15

Invited speaker:  Dr. Yanka Kazakova (EFNCP/UNWE): IPARD II – A missed opportunity for biodiversity in the rural areas of the Balkans or not?

10:15 – 11:30

Invited speaker: Prof. Dr. Roman Ozimec: Old varieties and breeds of East Mediterranean (Croatian Society for Natural Diversity Research & Conservation)


11:30 -12:45 - Session 2 (Small-scale artisan farmers, marketing and access to markets)

11:45 – 12:00

Invited Speaker: Prof.Dr. Sonja Srbinovska from University of Skopje on implementing the EC hygiene package and its impact on small-scale artisan food producers – the case of the diary sector in Macedonia and the Milk Biodiversity Campaign.

12:00 – 12:15

Invited Speaker: Emilie Vandecandelaire from FAO on "FAO approach to geographical indications".

12:15 – 12:30

Invited speaker: Dr. François Lerin from CIHEAM-IAMM (Institut Agronomique Méditerranéen de Montpellier) "Geographical Indications devices in candidate countries: market instrument\ rural development tool\ environmental incentive? Insights."

12:30 – 12:45

Invited speaker: Dr. Geron Kamberi from Albanian Council of Ministers

ARTI and its financial support on agriculture projects so far:H2020 funding opportunities




Poster session (Poster hall):


Round Table Session / Small Hall (Press centre)


Closing ceremony