Dear IFA Members,
It gives me great pleasure to announce IFA’s Strategic Forum will be held in Paris on 18-19 November. The Strategic Forum is IFA’s second general meeting of the year and is intended to engage all of us in – as the name implies – strategic discussions about opportunities and challenges facing our industry. I would like to take this opportunity to give you a brief overview of what will be on the agenda in Paris.
Following the Agribusiness panel organized at the 2014 Strategic Forum in Marrakech, where we had presentations from a range of actors in the agricultural and food value chain, we will be featuring some dynamic leaders from the NGO (non-governmental organizations) community during our opening session on 18 November. These NGO leaders will be speaking with us about the different ways in which they engage with the private sector, including our industry. The second day of our meeting will feature experts on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to give us an overview of what is at stake in these negotiations just prior to the so-called “COP 21” which will convene the world’s climate change negotiators in Paris with the aim of reaching an agreement to combat climate change. Given that this is a major UN negotiation, I hope you will find such an overview useful. Considering that our industry is responsible for circa 50% of the global food supply and has helped protect forests and grassland from conversion to cropping, the estimated 2% of total global greenhouse gases emitted from fertilizer production, distribution and application, is quite negligible, but speakers will also be invited to address opportunities to achieve further efficiencies both in fertilizer application and production.
IFA’s popular short term fertilizer demand and supply forecast will also be presented at the Strategic Forum, in addition to updates on IFA activities.
Please note that “future fertilizer leaders” may register at half price. I would like to encourage all of you to bring along one or more promising young person(s) from your companies to provide them with exposure to the international industry and these topics, and to ensure a bright future for our industry. I noticed that a considerable majority of the young leaders joining us in Istanbul were young men, so let me also encourage you to support your young women future leaders in particular.
We have some terrific evenings lined up for you in Paris. I am most grateful to Yara for sponsoring our opening gala reception, which will be held in a most iconic venue affording a spectacular view of the “City of Lights” – the Eiffel Tower! To close off the meeting, GPIC is delighted to offer a reception on 19 November.
Charlotte and I are looking forward to seeing many of you at IFA’s 2015 Strategic Forum!
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