GFFA 2020 | Innovation Market

GFFA 2020 | Innovation Market

The GFFA Innovation Market is an exhibition format presenting practical examples and new solutions related to the main GFFA topic. This year, the exhibition focussed on how international trade can contribute globally to food security and sustainable development. About 30 start-ups, companies, associations and public authorities presented their innovations and activities.

The innovation market provided a great opportunity to make new contacts, to network and to learn about innovative approaches in the agri-food sector.

Impressions of the Innovation Market

Innovation Market Exhibitors

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Die ADT Project Consulting GmbH ist eine international tätige Consultingfirma für den Agrar- und Ernährungssektor, die alle Schritte von der Konzeption und Planung bis zur Umsetzung und Evaluation von landwirtschaftlichen Produktionssystemen und Wertschöpfungsketten übernimmt und dadurch nachhaltige Entwicklungen in der Landwirtschaft und Tierhaltung unterstützt.

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Die ADT Project Consulting GmbH berät insbesondere zur technischen Umsetzung von entwicklungsorientierten Wertschöpfungsketten von Produkten tierischen Ursprungs. Durch einschlägiges Fachwissen zu Tierzüchtung, Tierkennzeichnung, Rückverfolgbarkeit, Qualitätssicherung, Tiergesundheit und Lebensmittelsicherheit verfügt ADT über eine starke fachliche Alleinstellung im Markt.

Contact

ADT Project Consulting GmbH
Adenauerallee 174, 53113 Bonn
www.adtproject.de

Ekkehard Schröder
ekkehard.schroeder@adt.de
+49 (0)228 91447 33

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AFC Agriculture and Finance Consultants GmbH is a private German consulting company established in 1973. In 2007, we became a member of the GOPA Group, Germany’s largest group of consulting companies in development cooperation.

AFC provides competent consulting services to support agricultural, agribusiness and financial sector development in cooperation with public and private sector organizations worldwide.

In the agricultural and agribusiness sector, our services cover the whole value chain, from primary production to processing and trade. AFC’s portfolio in the financial sector includes projects ranging from micro and SME finance, through financial institutions development, to agriculture & value chain finance.

Our vision is to continue being recognised by all stakeholders as a reliable company delivering sustainable solutions to projects in our field of expertise world-wide. Therefore, we will constantly build on our capacity:

  • to provide qualified technical assistance based on the latest scientific know-how and lessons learnt ;
  • to maintain experienced staff trained in the most current sector-specific practices ;
  • to expand access to finance ;
  • to improve overall living conditions in developing and transition countries where nutrition, the fight against hunger and poverty play an important role.

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Ukraine: Agritrade: (BMEL/GIZ)

The project objective is to strengthen public and private structures in the Ukrainian agriculture and food sector for the further sustainable development of trade in the framework of the DCFTA.

The Ukrainian agro-food companies are capable in terms of their capacity to identify European export markets to penetrate these, to consolidate and to grow as well as to prepare for the opening of their own markets; furthermore German companies are better informed on agricultural trade issues with the Ukraine. Results: Political dialogue on agricultural trade within the framework of DCFTA is strengthened.

Awareness and understanding of agricultural trade issues within the DCFTA are improved.

Information on agricultural trade within the framework of DCFTA are prepared and analysed for interested institutions in Germany (e.g business associations). Measures which enable the Ukrainian agri-food industry for export are carried out.

Services on enterprise development for an improvement of the export capacity in the agricultural sector have been provided.

Nigeria: Grünes Zentrum (GIZ)

The improved production and productivity, namely yields increase, as well as the implementation of good agricultural practices all the way into the post-harvest and processing stages contribute to better food availability, food safety, and overall quality. GIAE Nigeria rolls out the most ambitious GAP trainings of all the Green Innovation centers (currently 190.000 farmers trained and goal of 250.000 farmers trained by end 2021)

Additionally, training of farmers or their cooperatives through Farmer Business Schools/Cooperative Business Schools, supporting services providers (spraying gangs, input providers, mechanization service providers etc.) and processors with SME Business Training and Coaching Loop or Processors’ trainings, paves the way to transform farming into a sustainable, money-generating business with a multiplying effect on both food security and nutrition. The previous capacity building approaches in combination with contract farming facilitation strengthen the linkages between the value chain actors leading to increased national trade and readying them for meeting export norms and standards of international trade. It puts foods in the local rural shops, regional urban supermarkets, and even in German supermarkets! (Edeka sells cassava chips from a Nigerian processor supported by GIAE, the raw cassava is sourced from supported farmer groups) Value addition, new market shares or premium price for quality in turn lead to better employment and income situations, meaning farmers and their families can also afford to buy complementary food products and do not have to rely on their own small production for subsistence.

Contact

afci.de

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AHT GROUP AG, based in Essen, Germany, is an independent consulting firm providing development cooperation services for all major international donors world wide since 1960. Our services comprise management and engineering at all stages of the project cycle, from project preparation and feasibility studies to project implementation and evaluation. Our five core areas of work are agriculture, water, environment, governance and waste. These include rural development, crop production, livestock, agricultural extension, marketing, water resources management, irrigation and drainage, water supply, natural resources management, forestry, biodiversity, climate change, good governance, waste management and recycling. We also offer consultancy services for general information and knowledge management. This includes the design of data centres, IT and network architectures as well as inhouse tailor-made software development (general management information systems, financial accounting systems, geographical information systems or systems for monitoring and evaluation).

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The Financial Participatory Approach (FPA) tested in South Caucasus was based on experiences with a competition and awards system for improving soil conservation and coffee cultivation from Latin America. In rural communities adjacent to protected areas FPA uses four primary tools: competition and award, capitalisation, exchange and learning, and media. The process was steered by a regional working group and a facilitator. Key livelihood issues were identified using Rapid Rural Appraisals. Subsequent competitions were need oriented with the topics evolving from improving agricultural production and processing to marketing and business management, leading to a gradual linking into existing markets. Need-oriented training and exchange visits were provided. The level of participation was high, with over 30% of community households participating. Participants also contributed substantial own resources in cash and kind, which worked as a multiplier of project funds. There was a high degree of ownership, contributing to sustainability. People became more aware of their own development potential and there is a continued eagerness to grow in areas of agriculture and rural tourism.

Contact

AHT GROUP AG
Baumstraße 25, 45128 Essen
www.aht-group.com

Catherine Lieberei
c.lieberei@aht-group.com
+49 (0)201 2016 233

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The Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil) works to promote Brazilian products and services abroad, and to attract foreign investment to strategic sectors of the Brazilian economy.

Apex-Brasil organizes several initiatives aiming to promote Brazilian exports abroad. The Agency´s efforts comprise trade and prospective missions, business rounds, support for the participation of Brazilian companies in major international trade fairs, arrangement of technical visits of foreign buyers and opinion makers to learn about the Brazilian productive structure, and other select activities designed to strengthen the country’s branding abroad.

Apex-Brasil also plays a leading role in attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) to Brazil, by working to identify business opportunities, promoting strategic events and lending support to foreign investors willing to allocate resources in Brazil.

Apex-Brasil uses different strategies to promote the competitiveness of Brazilian companies during their internationalization process. Learn more about the services offered by the Agency to Brazilian companies aiming to enter international markets:

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Apex-Brasil works in partnership with several Brazilian agricultural associations and cooperate with very relevant Brazilian government entities, as EMBRAPA, the Brazilian agriculture research public company, Ministry of foreign affairs and the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply of Brazil. We would like to present our partners, the government institutions and also the Brazilian private sector, to the GFFA audience. That is a unique opportunity to increase the knowledge, exchange information and cooperation among the Brazilians and the audience.

Contact

apexbrasil.com.br

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Arla Foods is a Northern-European dairy cooperative built on the combined heritage of our cooperative owners from seven countries, including 1.850 dairy farmers in Germany. Since more than 130 years this strong community is firmly rooted in the cooperative idea and Scandinavian values with strong democratic ideals, solidarity, honesty and resourcefulness at the center of how we do business. As a modern cooperative, cooperation is a part of our DNA. Our best results have been achieved together with others. We stand for a long-term commitment to our consumers, our customers and our farmer owners to provide access to high quality and sustainable dairy products. As one of the biggest dairies in the world, we feel a huge responsibility for the planet, society, people and animals today and in the future. In a world with limited natural resources the ultimate goal must be to get “more nutrition for less emission”, where the environmental costs of food production is put in relation to the nutritional value for the consumer. We are humbled by the magnitude of the challenge, but building on the sustainability achievements and learnings so far we will strive to continuously create new results.

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Climate, Trade & Development as an integrated part to deliver on the SDGs
Arla Foods aims for carbon net zero dairy: Arla Foods and its 10,000 farmer owners launch their most ambitious targets so far to accelerate the transition to sustainable dairy production with intensified focus on the farms. The main target is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent per kilo of milk over the next decade and to work towards carbon net zero by 2050. Arla scales up its commitment to develop a sustainable dairy sector in Nigeria: Already active in existing development projects within the Nigerian dairy industry, Arla is now engaging further by signing a new Memorandum of Understanding with Kaduna State and the Nigerian government. While the State and the Government will offer 1,000 nomadic dairy farmers permanent farm lands with access to water, Arla will be the commercial partner that will purchase, collect, process and bring the local milk to market. Empowering Bangladeshi women to bike nutrition to their nation: Arla Foods is shining the light of a growing team of innovative, empowered female microentrepreneurs in Bangladesh, who are generating their own income while taking a nutritious, affordable dairy product to rural regions.

Contact

Arla Foods
Wahlerstrasse 2, 40472 Duesseldorf
www.arlafoods.de

Kasper Thormod Nielsen
kthon@arlafoods.com
+49 (0)15254647767

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The Johann Heinrich von Thünen Institute, Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries, is a German research institute under the auspices of the German Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL). It develops scientific basics as decision-making helps for the policies of the German government.

With Headquarters in Braunschweig, the Thünen Institute comprises 14 specialist institutes and additional joint service units.

We cooperate nationally and internationally with universities and other research organisations and are engaged in training scientists. The course “Wood Science” is offered in cooperation with the University of Hamburg. We also maintain close collaborative relationships with BMEL’s other Federal Research Centres. The Thünen Institute is a Federal Research Institution (Ressortforschungseinrichtungen des Bundes).

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We propose to present the following research projects on three posters:

1) IMMPEX (Impact of meat and milk product exports on developing countries): The EU an Germany export large quantities of poultry parts and dairy products to Ghana and Senegal. How does this affect domestic poultry and milk production in Africa? To what extent are farms and value chains in the poultry and dairy sectors affected by imports in the two countries? We are investigating these questions as part of a new research project.
2) Brexit will create new trade barriers between the United Kingdom (UK) and the EU. As the level of food self-sufficiency in the UK is very low, changes in diet and production patterns are to be expected. The aim of the project is to assess the impact of Brexit on the UK and EU agricultural and food sectors and to quantify the health effects of Brexit on the UK.
3) In this research project we analyse the effects of the Free Trade Agreement between the EU and Japan (JEFTA). One focus is on the calculation of newly introduced tariff quotas and their effects on the production of agricultural and food products.

Contact

Thünen-Institut für Marktanalyse
Bundesallee 63, 38116 Braunschweig
thuenen.de

Dr. Janine Pelikan
janine.pelikan@thuenen.de
+49 (0)173 2669519

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Bundesverband DEULA e.V. is network and umbrella organization of 13 independently operating DEULA Training Centers. DEULA is the shortened form of German Training Centers for Agricultural Engineering (Deutsche Lehranstalten für Agrartechnik) All of them are non-for-profit organizations.The existence of DEULA can be traced back to the year 1926 when Germany’s agricul-ture underwent a great shift from animal-draft to motorization. In those days the re-training of craftsmen with strong commitments to rural technologies had become an essential issue. So far, DEULA is deeply rooted in vocational training and rural development.Today, DEULA promotes agro-technical measures designed to maintain and improve agricultural competitiveness in a global market society. DEULA supports the development of agricultural engineering through vocational and professional training, contributes to rural planning and advocates health and safety precautions including the aims of environmental protection especially in the wide range of food production and agricultural engineering.

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Agricultural trainings

Contact

Bundesverband DEULA
Max-Eyth Straße 12 – 18, 26655 Westerstede
deula.de

Hubert Lücking
bundesverband@deula.de
+49 (0)4488 8301-50

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BVVG Bodenverwertungs- und -verwaltungs GmbH is the state-owned agency responsible for the administration and privatisation of state-owned farm and forest land in Eastern Germany. It was founded in 1992 and has since played an active role in the transformation process of the former GDR, aiding its transition from a centrally planned economy to a market economy.

BVVG holds the mandate to privatise approximately 1.8 million parcels of land with a total area of (originally) 3.2 million ha, and has therefore generated a remarkable amount of know-how and expertise in the field of IT-supported land management, lease management, land sales through auctions and tender, contract management, forest management, nature protection, redevelopment of contaminated sites as well as methods for land valuation. BVVG was also involved in the process of restitution and allocation of land ownership rights to the different administrative levels of the German State and has therefore contributed to the formation of a well-balanced ownership structure in Eastern Germany.

Since the year 2000, BVVG also provides consultancy services to Eastern European, Central Asian and African countries on the privatisation of farm and forest land, land market development, spatial planning, land consolidation, capacity and institution building and land administration. In this context, BVVG has contributed to various projects of international cooperation.

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One of the main preconditions for food production are secure ownership- and use-rights on land. This facilitates investments into agricultural production and secures food production of subsistence farming systems as well as small and medium size farmers. BVVG deals with the topic ‘access to land’ in the framework of various international projects the company is involved in, inter alia in Russia, Ukraine, Ethiopia, Serbia, Kosovo, Kazakhstan and Mongolia.

Aside from being involved in projects of international cooperation, BVVG has organised various seminars and workshops on land privatisation and land market development in partner countries, including Ukraine, Ethiopia, Belarus, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia, Georgia, Macedonia, Serbia Mongolia, Bulgaria and South Africa. Moreover, BVVG has organised study tours for high ranking delegations from all over the world. BVVG also offers short term experts for international projects.

Contact

BVVG Bodenverwertungs- und -verwaltungs GmbH
Schönhauser Allee 120, 10437 Berlin
bvvg.de

Katja Dells
dells.katja@bvvg.de
+49 (0)30 4432 1033

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California Business Associates is a business consultancy in Silicon Valley focusing on innovation in Agriculture and Food Technologies, Biotechnology and Renewables, leveraging California and Silicon Valley in its unique combination of Innovation, High Tech and a Powerful Agricultural Industry. Our team & expert network in science, business and investment enables our clients to grow their business through innovation and expansion into the US market. We leveragee both the US mindset and deep technology and market insights in combination with our distinctive business network to accelerate your business. Our services range from business evaluation for product-market-fit in the US market, product testing and registration, go-to-market strategy, business plan development and fundraising support to setting up B2B and B2C meetings to build your customer and partner network. In addition, we provide technology scouting for corporates and workshops on US market entry and the Silicon Valley innovation landscape for academia, innovation hubs, industry, government and organizations. Please get in touch with us, we are looking forward to meeting with you.

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California Business Associates supports companies in the Ag and Food Technology space expanding their business into the US market. We are living the 2020 GFFA theme of trade, helping to bring companies, products and technologies to the US. Through our workshops, we are communicating the Silicon Valley Innovation spirit to Germany and potentially, with the help of this event, to other countries, encouraging people to bring their own ideas to life, promoting agriculture development and building international bridges for sustainable agriculture and food supply.

Contact

California Business Associates
Clinton Avenue 2236, 94501 Alameda, CA
cal-ba.net

Katrin Jakob
kjakob@cal-ba.net
+1 510 325 8560

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Deula Nienburg is a state-approved, non-profit educational centre for the education and further training of specialists from the agricultural sector. The focus is on intensive, practice-oriented training for the optimal use of machinery or highly complicated, digitally controlled technologies, as well as seeds, fertilizers and other agricultural inputs. The acquisition of skills for the safe, environmentally friendly use of all production factors is one of the basic prerequisites for safe, diverse and sustainable food production. The educational concepts of DEULA Nienburg are based on extensive TVET projects in different continents and are very well suited to involve people without professional qualifications as well as highly qualified specialists in the further development of technologies in agricultural sector and thus to create future income opportunities in rural areas. This improvement in practical knowledge and skills will make a sustainable contribution to meeting the challenges facing agriculture worldwide in terms of climate protection, resource conservation and biological diversity, while at the same time using the best possible natural yield potential in all regions of the world to defeat hunger.

Contact

deula-nienburg.de

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Ekosem-Agrar AG, Walldorf, is the German holding company of the Ekoniva Group, one of the largest Russian agricultural companies. With a herd of more than 177,000 cattle in milk production (thereof about 96,000 dairy cows) and a milk output of approx. 2,400 tons of raw milk per day, the company is the largest milk producer in the country. The Group controls an agricultural land area of about 600,000 hectares and is also one of the leading Russian seed producers. The founder and CEO of the company is Stefan Dürr, who has been active in the Russian agricultural sector since the end of the 1980s and

has been instrumental in modernizing the industry in the past three decades. In 2009, he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in recognition of his contributions to the German-Russian Dialogue on Agriculture. The Group employs more than 14,000 people and has a presence in nine regions in Russia. Ekosem-Agrar generated a total output of EUR 377 million and adjusted EBITDA of EUR 116 million in 2018.

Contact

Ekosem-Agrar AG
Alt-Moabit 41, 10555 Berlin
ekosem-agrar.de/en

Judith Moering
judith.moering@ekosem.de
+49 (0)1743170854

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As a provider of international cooperation services for sustainable development and international education work, we are dedicated to building a future worth living around the world. GIZ has over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas, including economic development and employment, energy and the environment, and peace and security. The diverse expertise of our federal enterprise is in demand around the globe, with the German Government, European Union institutions, the United Nations, the private sector and governments of other countries all benefiting from our services. We work with businesses, civil society actors and research institutions, fostering successful interaction between development policy and other policy fields and areas of activity. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is our main commissioning party.

The registered offices of GIZ are in Bonn and Eschborn. In 2018 our business volume was around EUR 3 billion. Of our 20.726 employees in some 120 countries, almost 70 per cent are national personnel working in the field. In addition to our long-term and short-term experts and our national personnel in partner countries, who account for the greatest share of our total workforce, another 1,412 people had positions through GIZ as development workers, integrated experts and returning experts. In total, more than 80 per cent of GIZ’s staff were based outside Germany.

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GIZ helps to facilitate agricultural trade in developing countries. At our stand we will present examples and products (chocolate, cocoa) from our projects as well as our innovative approaches and tools to realise the potential of international trade for food and nutrition security and sustainable economic development.

Contact

GIZ
Dag-Hammarskjöld-Weg 1-5, 65760 Eschborn
www.giz.de

Dr. Helmut Albert
helmut.albert@giz.de
+49 (0)6196791489

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The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger.
Since its establishment 75 years ago, its goal has been to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough safe and high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. Headquartered in Rome, Italy, with over 194 member states, FAO works in over 130 countries worldwide. We believe that everyone can play a part in ending hunger.

FAO creates and shares critical information about food, agriculture, and natural resources in the form of global public goods. But this is not a one-way flow. The Organization plays a connector role, through identifying and working with different partners with established expertise, and facilitating a dialogue between those who have the knowledge and those who need it. By turning knowledge into action, FAO links the field to national, regional and global initiatives in a mutually reinforcing cycle. By joining forces, it facilitates partnerships for food and nutrition security, agriculture, and rural development between governments, development partners, civil society, and the private sector.

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FAO supports countries effectively engage in the formulation of trade policies and agreements for improved food security by strengthening evidence on the implications of changes in trade policies, providing capacity development in the use of this evidence, and facilitating neutral dialogue away from the negotiating table.
Assisting countries in implementing trade agreements, such as the World Trade Organization Uruguay Round Agreement on Agriculture, and in preparing for trade negotiations through studies, analysis, training and experience sharing is a core activity of FAO.

Protecting the safety of food, and human, animal or plant life are key for healthy agricultural systems and population, however it should not result in hidden protectionism.
With this in mind, FAO works with partners to ensure that sanitary and phytosanitary measures are consistent with obligations prohibiting arbitrary or unjustifiable trade discrimination.

In Europe and Central Asia, an FAO regional initiative supports countries both at policy and enterprise level, to enhance the agrifood trade policy environment for small and medium-sized agricultural enterprises, for more inclusive and efficient agrifood systems. The three main components are trade agreements negotiations; meeting domestic, regional and global food safety and quality standards; and supporting domestic markets and export diversification.

Contact

FAO
Benczur 34, 1068 Budapest
fao.org/europe

Lea Plantek
lea.plantek@fao.org

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GFA Consulting Group GmbH, based in Hamburg, Germany, is an international consulting company in the field of development cooperation. Our mission is catalyzing change to improve people’s lives in developing and transition countries. GFA’s core service encompasses project and programme planning, project implementation and evaluation in the strategic business areas as follows:

  • Agriculture & Rural Development
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Energy & Climate Change
  • Water, Sanitation & Waste Management
  • Education, Skills & Employment
  • Private Sector Development
  • Good Governance & Public Sector Management
  • Public Finance Management
  • Financial Systems Development
  • Health
  • Monitoring & Evaluation

GFA Consulting Group’s competence and technical excellence are held in high esteem by both clients and financial institutions (GIZ, KfW, EU, MCC, World Bank). The basis for GFA’s consultancy services is provided by an approach which combines competence at sector and management level with application of innovative technology.

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Nepal: Support for Trade and Economic Capacity Building with a focus on the coffee value chains

The overall objective of the project was to contribute to the Government of Nepal’s efforts to reduce poverty and stimulate trade-led economic growth by strengthening trade competitiveness in Nepal. The project concentrated on:

  1. Trade Policy Development and Capacity Buidling: Enhancing the capacity of the Ministry of Commerce and Supplies and related agencies for the formulation, implementation and coordination of trade policy
  2. Quality Infrastructure Development: Strengthening the system of quality infrastructure, particularly the institutional capacity for sanitary and phytosanitary and technical barriers to trade; and
  3. Value Chain Development: Supporting value chain development with a specific focus on coffee. Increasing capacity of the coffee sub-sector institutions for effective policy advocacy and export promotion to support increased exports of high quality and certified coffee. Increasing production, employment, productivity and exports of agro-products, especially coffee. Improving coffee farming techniques, enhancing skills of coffee farmers, improving processing facilities, distribution, marketing and export promotion of organic certified coffee.

Contact

GFA Consulting Group GmbH
Eulenkrugstraße 82, 22359 Hamburg
gfa-group.de

Alexander Perdoni
alexander.perdoni@gfa-group.de
+49 (0)40 60306285

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GRIMME is a global market leader specialising in the manufacturer of root crop machinery, including a complete range of advanced potato and root crop technology.

The German company is family-owned and sells its machinery in around 120 countries worldwide through a network of daughter companies and national dealers. With more than 2000 employees worldwide, the GRIMME Group produces 150 different machine models in Germany, Denmark, USA and China.

Well-known brands that belong to the GRIMME Group are GRIMME, ASA-LIFT, SPUDNIK, RICON and INTERNORM.

GRIMME – Harvesting success!

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To develop specific loT devices for acquisition of soil, crop and climate data in production and storage of key arable and vegetable crops. To link the loT devices to existing sensor networks (e.g. earth observation systems), crop growth models and yield gap analysis tools, key databases (e.g. economic and environmental impact data) in farm management systems. To showcase the benefits of the broad loT implementation at the farm level. We will demonstrate loT as challenge (to realize loT using combined data) and as solution (loT connections to combine data).

Contact

GRIMME Landmaschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG
Hunteburger Str.32, 49401 Damme
grimme.com

Frank Nordmann
f.nordmann@grimme.de
+49 (0)5491 666-2479

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The profile of Nuertingen-Geislingen University (NGU) is based on the principles of sustainability. Research and teaching is focused on four areas of competences: Business and Economics, Law, Planning, Nature and Environment. More than 5.000 students are enrolled in 31 study programs (16 bachelor and 15 postgraduate master) and the additional 13 external study programs.

Areas of specialization are besides agricultural studies, also landscape architecture, environment, urban planning and economic sciences. Several research institutes, research gardens together with the agricultural experimental farm complete the university´s infrastructure. Located in Baden-Württemberg, NGU is embedded in one of the strongest innovative economic regions of Europe with close ties to global players and successful SME´s. The university is proud to run exchange and integrated study programs with more than 50 partner universities worldwide.

The Institute of Applied Agricultural Research (IAAF) as one of the eight research institutes at NGU is dedicated to applied research and to cooperate with private business and service providers. Through numerous projects the IAAF is engaged in research, development and services in agriculture and equine management. Main research emphasis of IAAF is put on sustainable natural resource use and the optimization of production processes and framework conditions for viable farming systems.

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Competences in agriculture related topics is highlighted through numerous projects of the HfWU. Main research emphasis is on sustainable natural resource use and the optimization of production processes and framework conditions for viable farming systems.

(1) Since January 2015 the NGU (lead) is implementing the project “German Agricultural Training and Information Centre in Kazakhstan (DAZ)” together with the University of Hohenheim, ADT Project Consulting and the DEULA Network Germany. The Agricultural Training Centre provides practical knowledge and skills to specialists and farm managers and supports the further development of the education and vocational training system in agriculture sector in Kazakhstan.
(2) Since August 2017 the NGU is part of an consortium, which started the implementation of the new project “Improvement of Education at Agricultural Colleges in Ukraine”. The objective of this project is to upgrade the educational standards and curricula at Agricultural Colleges in order to match better the high demand of Ukrainian agricultural enterprises of skilled young professionals. Both projects are part of the bilateral cooperation program of the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture.
(3) Since January 2020 the NGU leads the EU-financed project “Enhancement of Postgraduate Studies on Sustainable Agriculture and Future Farming Systems (SAGRIS)” with partner institutions from Russia and Kasakhstan.

Contact

Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Umwelt Nürtingen-Geislingen (HfWU)
Neckarsteige 6-10, 72622 Nürtingen
hfwu.de

Heinrich Schüle
Heinrich.Schuele@hfwu.de
+49 (0)7022-201480

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IAK Agrar Consulting GmbH is a German consulting firm with head office in Leipzig and many years of experience in co-operation with clients from the public and private sectors. IAK acts by order of bi- or multilateral donors as well as private agro-enterprises.

In the scope of bilateral and multilateral economic co-operation, IAK undertakes projects worldwide. IAK supports the projects in the various stages of the project cycle and provides technical and administrative assistance concerning project preparation, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. The focus of these diversified projects is on such fields of expertise as agricultural production (crop and livestock production), farm management, business and investment planning, value chain development and marketing, quality management, advice on agro-policy issues, rural/agricultural strategy development, climate change adaptation or natural resources management.

Apart from implementing donor-funded projects, IAK provides consulting services for private customers from the German and international agro-food industry. In this respect, IAK supports its clients in all questions related to farm management and development, crop and livestock production, credit handling as well as investment and finance planning.

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We see ourselves as a service provider who supports and advises agricultural enterprises in Germany and abroad on many questions with a broad spectrum of profound expertise. The advisory services of our Domestic Consulting Department focus on topics such as:

  • Special advisory service on milk production
  • Investments / Grant funding for construction projects
  • Controlling / Risk management
  • Financial consulting
  • Human resources management
  • Cross compliance
  • Land management
  • Company succession

Closely linked with IAK’s Domestic Consulting Department is our International Consulting Department which has made a name for itself also – and above all – in the implementation of bilateral cooperation projects of the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture. Focus areas of the projects, besides agriculture and agricultural policy, are agricultural trade and food security. In their practical work our project managers can fall back not only on the specialist knowledge of a great number of national and international experts, but also on the in-house expertise gained in many years by the advisers of our Domestic Consulting Department in Germany.

Contact

IAK Agrar Consulting GmbH
Bornaer Str. 16, 04288 Leipzig
iakleipzig.de

Dieter Künstling
info@iakleipzig.de
+49 (0)34297 714-0

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ICON-INSTITUTE Consulting Group is a private holding designing, managing and implementing international projects in development cooperation since 1975.

Our expertise covers the full project life cycle, from feasibility studies, formative evaluations and concept development to design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development interventions. We value interdisciplinary and integrated approaches through our core services: capacity development and training, technical assistance, consultancy and research.

We support our partners and clients with expertise, knowledge and capacities to meet their development objectives and ensure long lasting and sustainable results. We have developed solid cooperation and working relations with international and national development organisations such as the United Nations, the European Union, the World Bank and other international development banks, bilateral development agencies such as GIZ, KfW, AFD, Enabel, DFID, SIDA, as well as national and local governmental institutions and civil society organisations.

Our business is built on the provision of four pillars of expertise which provide the services to meet the various needs and requirements of our clients.

  • Statistics, Social Research and Evaluation
  • Economic Development and Employment Promotion
  • Governance, Social Development and Education
  • Infrastructure and Rural Development

Contact

ICON-INSTITUTE GmbH & Co. KG
Von-Groote-Str. 28, 50968 Köln
icon-institute.de

Franka Berdel
tanja.lingohr@icon-institute.de
+49 (0)221 937430

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Indigo Agriculture is a global company committed to harnessing the power of nature to help growers sustainably feed the planet. We launched in Europe in 2019 with the aim to simultaneously improve grower profitability, environmental sustainability and consumer health. We do this by leveraging natural microbiology and digital technologies to promote regenerative grower practices, particularly with respect to soil health and reducing the use of synthetic inputs.

Our mission is aligned with the increasing societal demand for more sustainable agriculture practices and achieving the goal of carbon neutrality by 2050 envisaged in the European Green Deal.

  • Indigo Carbon will reward European growers for carbon enriched soil, which not only helps to tackle climate change but also builds the resilience of farms to extreme weather and reduces the use and cost of inputs
  • Indigo Marketplace will connect growers directly with buyers who want and are willing to pay for high-quality, sustainably grown, identity preserved, traceable crops

With an initial focus on Germany and Hungary, Indigo will expand across Europe, working with a range of partners, to help lead a shift toward regenerative farm practices which benefit growers, consumers and the planet

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Indigo MarketplaceTM is a digital platform that helps directly connect buyers with growers and has the following benefits:

  • Reach more growers in a more efficient way
  • Reduce costs through a more efficient supply chain
  • Purchase quality-tested crops that meet buyer specifications
  • Maintain grain identity through on-farm storage and direct delivery
  • Indigo manages payment, and can split among lien holders

This initiative, (along with the supporting offer) touches on a number of your core topics for the GFFA including disruptive trade strategies, international marketing, logistics, and even food security and labelling.

More information can be found at www.indigoag.com/for-buyers/indigo-marketplace

Contact

Indigo AG
Grosspeteranlage 29, 4052 Basel
indigoag.com

Eva Delafontaine
edelafontaine@indigoag.com
+41 796638555

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John Deere ist das führende Unternehmen der Landmaschinenindustrie und setzt insbesondere auf die Zukunftstechnologien für eine nachhaltige digitale Landwirtschaft.
Auf der Innovationsbörse des GFFA 2020 möchten wir verdeutlichen, inwieweit die Präzisionslandwirtschaft den Landwirten, der Umwelt und der Gesellschaft nutzen kann. Vor allem geht es um die Grundnahrungssicherung für die global wachsende Bevölkerung, sowie auch über eine vielfältige und nachhaltige Ernährung.

Darüber hinaus möchten wir einen industrieübergreifenden Dialog über die globalen Themen anstoßen, die mit der nachhaltigen Ernährungssicherung im Einklang stehen: Ressourcenschonung innerhalb und außerhalb der landwirtschaftlichen Produktionskette, Umwelt- und Klimaschutz, sowie auch Erhalt der ländlichen Räume und Biodiversität für die nächsten Generationen.

Short portrait of the project

1) NIRS-Güllesensor für Nährstoffdokumentation in flüssigen Wirtschaftsdüngern:

  • Nahinfrarot-Echtzeitinhaltsstoffbestimmung in Gülle, mit über 4.000 Messungen pro Sekunde.
  • Exakt wie im Labor und zertifiziert.
  • Ausnutzung des gesamten Nährstoffpotentials heterogener Gülle.
  • Einsparungen bei Mineraldünger, Vermeidung von Nährstoffüberschüssen und gleichzeitig höhere Erträge.
  • Wesentlicher Beitrag zum Wasserschutz.
  • Positive Umwelteffekte incl. CO2 Reduktion: 1 kg Stickstoff entspricht ca. 0,8 kg Heizöl oder 10 kg CO2-Äquivalent.

2) DataConnect – erste direkte Cloud-to-Cloud Lösung für die Landtechnik:

  • Entstand in Zusammenarbeit mit CLAAS, 365FarmNet, und CNH Industrial.
  • Ermöglicht erstmals den Austausch von wichtigsten Maschinendaten zwischen den Webportalen einzelner Maschinenhersteller, damit die Landwirte ihre aktuelle Maschinenflotte in nur einem Portal überblicken.
  • In der nahen Zukunft können so alle wichtigen Maschinendaten sowie auch die agronomischen Daten in einem Portal erfasst werden.
  • DataConnect unterstützt die betriebliche Ressourcenschonung, Ertragssteigerung, sowie auch die Auflagendokumentation, und ist somit ein wichtiger Startschuss für eine nachhaltige digitale Landwirtschaft.

Unfortunately, this information is only available in German.

Contact

John Deere GmbH & Co. KG
deere.de

Alexander Berges
BergesAlexander@JohnDeere.com
+49 (0)63136191500

Short presentation of the institution

Als Spezialist für Grünland-, Bodenbearbeitung und Sätechnik ist Pöttinger ein österreichisches Familienunternehmen, das einen Beitrag zur nachhaltigen Steigerung der Effektivität, Effizienz und Qualität in der Agrarproduktion leistet und sich für seine Kunden als Partner versteht, auf den man sich verlassen kann. Das Unternehmen wurde 1871 gegründet und beschäftigt heute ca. 1.900 Mitarbeiter und Mitarbeiterinnen weltweit. Im Wirtschaftsjahr 2018/19 betrug der Umsatz insgesamt 382 Mio. €.

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Pöttinger ist Partner des BMEL in Agrarprojekten in Äthiopien und in Sambia. Die Zusammenarbeit mit dem BMEL ist wesentlicher Gegenstand der Präsentation hinsichtlich von Innovationen in Produkten und Prozessen, z.B. an die loaklen Anforderung in Afrika angepasste Landmaschinen, Ausbildung von einheimischen Landwirten hinsichtlich klimagerechter Ackerbauverfahren, Einführung geeigneter Finanzierungsmodelle.

Unfortunately, this information is only available in German.

Contact

PÖTTINGER Landtechnik GmbH
Industriegelände 1, A-4710 Grieskirchen
poettinger.at

Christoph Schürz
christoph.schuerz@poettinger.at
+43 664803802632

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Since 1972 RIELA® is established as a medium sized company in the grain- and mixed feed technology and offers individual appropriate technology for all agricultural businesses.

RIELA is one of the big international manufacturers of silo plants.

The product range includes systems and equipment for cleaning, conveying, drying and storage of grain and similar bulk goods, as well as grinding and mixing equipment. The products have been developed by own engineering department and manufactured by cutting-edge technology.

Small and large farms, feeding stuff plants but also industrial enterprises with high volume of bulk material placed their trust in RIELA products.

  • corrugated steel silos with a storage capacity from 5 up to 20.000 t, modular construction
  • conveying systems with a capacity from 10 up to 500 t/h
  • mobile and stationary continuous / recirculating dryer
  • The continuous dryer “GDT 400 Umluft V” has been awarded with the DLG Signum test.
  • Cleaner for clean and safe storage
  • Dryers for processing waste materials into recyclable materials, such as biomass, plastics, but also for drying fruit and vegetables.

Contact

RIELA Getreidetechnik Karl-Heinz Knoop e.K.
Hansestraße 12, 48477 Riesenbeck
riela.de

Klaus Kunkemöller
kunkemoeller@riela.de
+49 (0)54 54 / 93 16 – 301

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SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. We are recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 97,000 employees, we operate a network of more than 2,600 offices and laboratories around the world.

SGS has been operating in Germany since 1920. At 40 offices nationwide, about 3,000 employees provide inspection, testing and verification services for all stages of the value chain to ensure more safety, more efficiency and more quality. SGS Institut Fresenius, SGS-TÜV Saar and SGS Gottfeld NDT Services are also part of the German SGS Group. The German laboratories are among the Europe-wide leading providers of non-medical analyses. SGS enjoys an excellent reputation especially as regards the safety and quality of foodstuffs, beverages and consumer products.

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SGS is represented in more than 140 countries. As a neutral testing institute, it ensures worldwide food safety and sustainability. Therefor SGS relies on the latest technology and innovative services for product inspections, operational controls as well as for laboratory analysis.

For example, current lab innovation is Next-Generation Sequencing, which identifies the biological content of a sample and thus uncovers food fraud. In addition, SGS uses state-of-the-art isotope analytics to check the exact origin of a product. Does the asparagus really come from Lower Saxony or the apricots from Austria?

At the same time, SGS also carries out various sustainability assessments, like for the Farm Sustainability Assurance Program with its increasing international demand. More than 100 criteria such as water consumption, labour standards and soil health are tested here. And SGS Institut Fresenius’ own quality seal has recently been equipped with its own testing module, with which companies can prove their social commitment and ecological sustainability.

In addition, modern IT tools are used: Transparency One for traceability along the supply chain and Digicomply as a search tool for global food law requirements. All this with the aim of guaranteeing food safety and sustainability even in an increasingly digitalized and globalized world.

Contact

SGS Holding Deutschland B.V. & Co KG
Rödingsmarkt 16, 20459 Hamburg
institut-fresenius.sgsgroup.de

Torsten Laub
de.press@sgs.com
+49 (0)40 30101-298

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What is the SWG?

The “SWG” stands for Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group in South Eastern Europe. It is an International Intergovernmental Organization consisted of governmental institutions responsible for agriculture and rural development in respective countries and territories.

It is a platform for networking and regional co – operation among the SEE countries and territories in the field of agriculture and rural development.

It was founded on the basis of a common wish to establish an organization for sustainable rural development in SEE. As an organization the SWG is a non-political body, acting in a spirit of friendship and good neighborliness and enhances mutual respect and confidence, dialogue and cooperation among the Member Institutions.

Contact

The Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group (SWG) in South Eastern Europe
Goce Delcev, MRTV Building 12th Floor, P.O.Box 659, 1000 Skopje
www.seerural.org

Bogdanka Leveska Gjorshoska
bogdanka.gjorshoska@swg-seerural.org
+389 23217708

Innovation Market Start-ups

Country

Germany

Founded in

2018

Active in

software, food

Project description

Using an advanced flexible interface module, we connect all market participants quickly and easily to our platform and thus obtain real live data that allow conclusions to be drawn about the purchasing market in real time. In addition, we take over the digitalization and partial automation of purchasing processing and offer an intuitive user interface for this purpose.

Kontakt

foodsupply.de

Country

Germany

Founded in

2019

Active in

software for the agricultural value chain

Project description

Cropspot is a digital trade platform for agricultural commodities. Through an AI-based matching along with a digital execution tool we will close the analogue gap in the value chain. The platform provides real time data from international commodity futures markets and combines them with regional market reports. Subsequently the algorithm provides the individual information to match customers preferences. The customer benefit is a more effcient and effective decision making along with an improvement of the negotiation position, due to transparent access to market information and the related reduction of information asymmetries.

Kontakt

cropspot.com

Country

Germany

Founded in

2019

Active in

IT technology, SaaS, cloud, food tech, marketplace, circular economy

Project description

Today, numerous intermediate steps are involved to bring fresh food from farm to table. In addition to multiple ownership transfers, compliance and logistics requirements make the food supply chain complex, inefficient, opaque and therefore too expensive. Only 25% of sales revenues reach the producer. With an open platform trading system, food supply becomes easier, more transparent, less working capital intensive and therefore more profitable. Besides, farmers are overwhelmed when maintaining and growing their business online, PIELERS provides them with the business tools they need to thrive.

Kontakt

pielers.de

Country

Ireland

Founded in

2016

Active in

agribusiness, agricultural supply chain

Project description

FarmHedge provides a software platform to agribusiness companies and farmers. The platform makes it easier to coordinate the decisions of large numbers of farmers; lowering supply chain costs and minimising the environmental impact of agribusiness transactions. The platform also streamlines communication and transactions between manufacturers/wholesalers and agri-intermediaries (eg cooperatives).

Kontakt

farmhedge.io

Country

Germany

Founded in

2015

Active in

smart farming

Project description

We have developed a multi-parameter cow monitoring system able to continuously and automatically monitor the 4 most important aspects of a cow´s well-being: fertility, calving, health status and feeding. We are combining animal health parameters in one sensor, to simplify animal control and thus making work easier for farmers.

Kontakt

dropnostix.com

Country

Germany

Founded in

2019

Active in

B2B marketplace, plant-based food

Project description

Vegshelf is a digital B2B marketplace enabling restaurants, supermarkets and independent stores to discover and source emerging plant-based food brands across Europe. We are on a mission to make plant-based food products accessible and convenient one transaction at time. By leveraging technology and network effects of platform business we also disrupt how the international trade is done making it more efficient, transparent and suitable for the today’s dynamic trade environment.

Kontakt

vegshelf.com

Country

South Africa

Founded in

2019

Active in

digital fruit surveyor

Project description

USD660B worth of food is wasted every year. 43% of that is made of fruits and vegetables. 14% of all food wastage occurs in transit. In the event of damage to cargo in transit, growers are expected to show evidence of quality and handling in transit. Today, they rely on expensive specialist surveyors who are almost always unavailable when needed. We provide a TRUSTED mobile application which enables small holder farmers collect, analyze and share information about their produce with interested parties.

Kontakt

asurveyor.com

Country

USA

Founded in

2014

Active in

agribusiness, cloud-based software

Project description

Agrometrics is a global leader in providing state-of-the-art technology & analytical solutions to the ag sector. Our eFarm platform provides comprehensive set of integrated solutions to promote international trade by optimizing & managing entire food supply chain. Our products aid in improving productivity, food safety, traceability, sustainability, and profitability while reducing costs.

Kontakt

agrometrics.com

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