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6th OECD Food Chain Analysis Network Meeting
13-14 October 2014, Paris
Public-Private partnerships for agricultural innovation


13 October 2014



Session 1: Opportunities and challenges for PPPs

  •  Insights into Innovation: Public-private Partnerships in the International Agricultural Research System, David J Spielman, Senior Research Fellow, 
  • International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC.

  • Emerging Opportunities for PPPs in the United States, Andrew Toole, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.

  • PPP in the strategy of Inra for research, innovation and knowledge dissemination, Christian Huyghes, INRA, France.

  • Private sector’s experience, Frank van Ooijen, Director Corporate Communication and CSR, FrieslandCampina.

  • Recent developments in PPPs for innovation: The role of strategic PPPs, Tomomi Watanabe, OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation.

Session 2: Enabling PPPs


  • Grain Research Funding: the Rise of Private-Public-Producer Partnerships, Richard Gray, University of Saskatchewan, Canada.

  • The Japanese Strategy for the Global Food Value Chain: Promote “Made WITH Japan” through Public-Private Partnership, Kenichi Kawamoto, Counsellor, International Affairs Department, Minister's Secretariat, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), Japan.

  • AgrInnovation, Paula Negraes, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

  • French initiatives, Corinne Bitaud, General Directorate for Education and Research, French Ministry of Agriculture, Agro-Food and Forestry.

  • Private sector experience, Romano De Vivo, Head Sustainable Agriculture & Stewardship, Syngenta.

Session 3: Governance and implementation of PPPs

  • Public private sector partnerships in an agricultural system of innovation: concepts and challenges, Andy Hall, CSIRO [title and affiliation tbc]

  • World Bank’s experience, Eija Pehu [tbc]

  • Research’s experience, Anu Harrki, MTT Finland.

  • Greenhouse as a source of energy, Ms Jolanda Mourits, Senior Policy Officer, Project Team, Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs.

  • Private sector’s experience.


14 October 2014

(Session 3 - continued - )

Session 4: PPPs for technology transfer and diffusion of innovation


  • Partnerships industry-university for education, Nordine Cheik, Monsanto.

Discussant: Richard Gray, University of Saskatchewan, Canada.


  • Agri-PPPs for innovation and technology transfer – highlights from developing country experiences, Marlo Rankin, Agribusiness Economist; Rural Infrastructure and Agro-Industries Division (AGS), FAO.

Session 5: Conclusions and way forward

 Panel discussion on main recommendations to policy makers

  • Sean de Cleene, Senior Vice President, Yara.

  • Bruce McCallum, Counsellor, Science & Technology, New Zealand Ministry of Business and Innovation (MBIE).

  • Christian Huyghes, INRA, France.

  • David J Spielman, Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC.





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