What is the GFFA?
“The growing demand for food, raw materials and energy: opportunities for agriculture, challenges for food security?”
The Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) is an international conference that focuses on central questions concerning the future of the global agri-food industry. It is held during International Green Week (IGW) and will be taking place in its current shape for the sixth time. The forum gives representatives from the worlds of politics, business, science and civil society an opportunity to share ideas and enhance understanding on a selected topic of current agricultural policy within the context of food security. The GFFA is organised by the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMEL) in cooperation with GFFA Berlin e.V., the Senate of Berlin and Messe Berlin GmbH.
Specific aspects of the GFFA's main theme will be explored in more detail in different event formats. The opening event in 2015 will outline the key issue and explain how it will be addressed by the various 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 CityCube Berlin. High-level representatives from politics, business, science and civil society will discuss the topic in front of 1,200 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 incorporated into the ongoing international discourse on agricultural policy.
The International Business Panel Discussion – hosted by GFFA Berlin e.V. in the Deutsche Telekom Building – is held at the same time as the Berlin Agriculture Ministers' Summit. At the subsequent evening reception hosted by the German agri-food industry, all the participants are then reunited. This brings the proceedings to a festive conclusion with 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. 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 CityCube 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.