Rando Värnik

Moderator of the plenary session and panel discussion is Rando Värnik (PhD), Professor of Rural Economics and Management of the Estonian University of Life Sciences, and President of the Estonian Association of Agricultural Economists.




Keynote speakers

Pamela Janice Warhurst

Pamela Janice Warhurst CBE is a British community leader, activist and environment worker best known for founding the voluntary gardening initiative Incredible Edible. Warhurst is currently Chair of Incredible Edible and was formerly Chair of Forestry Commission Great Britain, which is the largest land management commission in the country. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts & Manufacturing and is an Honorary Fellow of Landscape Institute. She previously served as a member of the Board of Natural England.

Title and time of her presentation: Rethinking Prosperity through Edible Landscapes. Plenary session, 12 May, 9.20-10.00

For ten years residents of an English market town Todmorden have been putting local food at the centre of their lives. Planting food to share in the centre of town. Passing on the Lost Arts of growing and cooking food seasonally. Spending more of their money at the local markets and small food shops rather than a quick dash to the supermarket. Small actions with huge implications. Positive. Inclusive. Simple. That's the Incredible Edible model.

Krista Kulderknup

Krista Kulderknup one of the leaders of Organic Estonia.

Organic Estonia that started out as a community initiative is now transforming into a complex national programme. Its objectives include increasing annual organic export to 100 million euros, creating 800 agricultural jobs in rural areas, and declaring 51 percent of the total area officially organic.

Title and time of her presentation: Organic Estonia - Why, for Whom and When?  Plenary session, 12 May, 10.00-10.30