What is the GFFA?
"Empowering Agriculture: Fostering Resilience – Securing Food and Nutrition"
Thursday, 16th January - Saturday, 18th January
Under the title "Empowering Agriculture: Fostering Resilience – Securing Food and Nutrition", discussions at the conference will centre on how agriculture and rural areas can cope more effectively with economical, ecological and social challenges and crises (e.g. production risks and market disruption, the degradation of natural resources, climate change) while at the same time performing their central task of ensuring food security.
Specific aspects of the GFFA's main theme will be explored in more detail in various expert panel discussions and working groups. For the first time, an opening event will outline the key issue and explain which aspects are of particular relevance to the subsequent discussions in the GFFA events. The main events are the International GFFA Panel Discussion, the Berlin Agriculture Ministers' Summit hosted by the BMEL, and the International Business Panel Discussion hosted by GFFA Berlin e.V.
The publicly-held International GFFA Panel Discussion will take place on Saturday morning in the ICC Berlin. High-level representatives from politics, business, science and civil society will discuss the topic in front of 1,400 international guests.
Following this, the agriculture ministers will convene in the Weltsaal of the Federal Foreign Office for the Berlin Agriculture Ministers' Summit (not public). With almost 80 ministers at the last summit, this is the world's largest conference of agriculture ministers. A final communiqué representing the common position of the ministers is drawn up for incorporation into the ongoing international discourse on agricultural policy.
Held at the same time as the Berlin Agriculture Ministers' Summit is the International Business Panel Discussion, hosted by GFFA Berlin e.V. in the Deutsche Telekom Building. This is also the venue for the German agri-food industry's evening reception, where participants of the Berlin Agriculture Ministers' Summit and the International Business Panel Discussion have a final chance to meet up and share ideas.
The preliminary work for the main events is done on the preceding day in working meetings hosted by international organisations such as the FAO, European Commission and UNEP. The results of these meetings are incorporated into the final communiqué.
In expert panel discussions hosted by various organisers, the main theme is discussed from specific topical and regional perspectives. This ensures that the GFFA is closely meshed with current scientific thinking.
During the GFFA Panel Discussion in the ICC Berlin on Saturday, there will be a Cooperation Market where associations, companies, universities and the BMEL will showcase their activities in the agri-food sector. This – along with the Business Lounge which is open on Thursday and Friday – provides all the GFFA participants with an opportunity to withdraw from the bustle and conduct bilateral talks in a more relaxed atmosphere. Here, three universities will present their current projects, research proposals and concrete results on the topic.
In 2013, the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture was attended by around 2000 delegates from politics, business, science and civil society, as well as agriculture ministers from 76 countries and high-level representatives from 5 international organisations. With the particularly topical subject of "Empowering Agriculture: Fostering Resilience – Securing Food and Nutrition", the GFFA 2014 once again promises to deliver compelling discussions with exclusive guests.