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At 2024 GFFA, around 2,000 international guests discussed the food systems of our future and how to collaborate even more closely to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda and to realise the human right to food at a variety of events. There were, among others, 16 Expert Panels, 2 High Level Panels, a High Level Debate, co-hosted by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and the Munich Security Conference (MSC), and an Innovation Forum.
The High Level Debate was co-hosted by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and the Munich Security Conference (MSC) for the first time. Federal Minister of Agriculture Cem Özdemir, Commissioner from the African Union (AU) Josefa Sacko and Janet Maro (CEO Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT), among others, discussed the topic of “Food, Climate and Security: Joining Forces for a Safer Tomorrow”. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Michael Werz (MSC). Please find more information on the High Level Debate here.
The political highlight was the 16th Berliner Conference of Ministers of Agriculture. 61 Ministers from all around the world and 12 high-level representatives of International Organisations took part. In their final communiqué, the ministers undertook to continue the necessary transformation towards sustainable and consequently resilient agriculture and food systems and underlined that this was the only way to make the right to adequate food a reality for everyone across the globe. They recognised that the climate and biodiversity crises had destabilised the world and undertook to support agricultural practices and technologies that strengthen sustainable food production. They also made it clear that Russia’s illegal war of aggression against Ukraine had drastically increased hunger in the world.