GFFA 2019 | Future Forum

GFFA 2019 | Future Forum

Where: City Cube Berlin, Level 2
When: 17 January 2019, from 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm
18 January 2019, from 09:00 am to 4:00 pm
The Future Forum was a new GFFA format, combining a contemporary exhibition area and an open stage, it was meant to offer a lively space for an interactive exchange between established and new stakeholders within the GFFA 2019. The multimedia presentation of start-ups showcasing their innovative and practice-oriented ideas of the agri-food sector plays a central role in this context.


At the same time, international GFFA visitors were provided with new ideas and information on concrete projects or digital solutions concepts for various challenging areas of agricultural practice at home and abroad by engaging in talks with diverse players and sharing their brief presentations on an open stage.



Overview of Future Forum Exhibitors 2019


Short presentation of the institution
Eiwa’s Digital Phenotyping Platform provides the service to completely digitalize phenological note taking in research, development and marketing plots of agricultural plants. The Platform enables Crop Science Companies to significantly increase the rate of research progress, reduce the time to market and accelerate market penetration, all while reducing manual work on the field.

Short portrait of the project

Eiwa’s Digital Phenotyping Platform is applied to scan the smallest detail of plants contained in a large number of research and demonstration plots throughout the entire growing season. Above and below canopy images are used to generate a virtual, 3 dimensional model of each plant in the field. The platform enables a complete new understanding of interaction between phenotype and environment. Using machine learning algorithms, a broad spectrum of images obtained from cellphones, sensors mounted on existing machinery, UAV and satellites are processed to obtain high quality phenotypic data.


Mr. Nicolaus Otamendi

Virrey del Pino 3027
1425 Buenos Aires

+54 91158499979


Short presentation of the institution
EAT global e.V. is a young organization formed January 2018 in Berlin/Germany. EAT global e.V. aims to support people, who
– are particularly affected by the effects of climate change, and
– are living in peripheral and/or underserviced areas and are thus disadvantaged in their development opportunities.
Projects supported will particularly focus on the needs, interests and resources of the people affected. The projects will contribute to sustainable development, following the triple bottom line principle of social, ecological and financial sustainability. Technology will play a major role in achieving the goals. This is referenced to in the EAT, which stands for Ecological Agriculture Technology.
The gaipa project is one of the first projects of EAT global e.V. The development of the prototype was supported through the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Prototype Fund. The software was developed under an open-source license. The objective is to implement gaipa following a non-profit business model.

Short portrait of the project

gaipa is a global farmer empowerment community equipping farmers to create self-determined and sustainable livelihoods. It will be a one-stop online community assisting especially small-scale farmers in developing countries. The community will be tailored to the needs and digital experiences of farmers.
Varying user interfaces will be created, catering for the various levels of experience. This will reduce barriers in using this online service. At the same time experienced users, especially from supporting institutions such as government extension officers, NGOs or corporates will be supported in offering their services.
The gaipa prototype was developed based on interviews conducted in India and Zambia in March and April 2018.
The key element is the farming cycle, which shows farmers‘ activities as a continuous one. Our test showed this is an appealing and logical entry point for farmers. This is followed by a step-by-step guide for them to find a solution or information they are looking for. Farmers in developing countries are accustomed to such an approach from USSD services, such as recharging their phone or using information services on feature phones (pre smart phone generation).
The prototype app can be accessed via computer or phone at


Mr. Toni Hassenmeier

The Food Assembly

Short presentation of the institution
The Food Assembly’s vision is to create a better way to eat, where everyone has access to the pleasure of local food, and is connected to the people who make it. Community is at the heart of The Food Assembly – they connect neighbours to farmers, neighbours to each other, and everyone to their food.

Bringing power back to producers and consumers, the social startup’s vision is a world with short supply chains where people re-connect to their food in a better way. By combining technology and sustainable agriculture, The Food Assembly supports a healthier world where everyone can shop, cook and eat with peace of mind.

Starting in France, and now a movement across 7 European countries, The Food Assembly believes in value-led innovation and is constantly seeking to sharpen their digital tool that already connects more than 1.7 million consumers to 11,000 local food producers.

Short portrait of the project

The Food Assembly connects you directly to local food producers through a fair and transparent retail model. Along with The Food Assembly, two kinds of people make an Assembly happen: Hosts and Producers. The Producers sell directly to customers through The Food Assembly online market. Hosts organise the weekly online shop and the local pick-up markets.

Members pay the food Producer directly, allowing them to earn more than 80% for their hard work. The Food Assembly offers a fair and transparent way of buying food: Producers set their own price, and the service fees are fixed and well-balanced for the Host and The Food Assembly.

Being part of a local Food Assembly is a fantastic way to shop: With less food miles, it is the freshest food available. By preordering online, it is convenient and there’s no food waste. Picking up their order at the pop-up market enables consumers to meet their local producers and neighbours.


Mr. Volker Zepperitz

Boxhagener Straße 82
10245 Berlin

+49 (0) 3040364956 / Yara Digital Farming

Short presentation of the institution 2012 was founded by Benedikt Voigt and Miro Wilms on the campus of the Humboldt University in Berlin. Voigt was previously an international SAP consultant with passion for programming and hence responsible for the technical implementation. Wilms has gained extensive experience in several internet start-ups – amongst others in one of Berlin’s biggest exits in 2016 – and thus brings profound business acumen. Today, boosts digitization to an economic sector heretofore unrecognized by most companies.

To develop the best software for agriculture the two founders paired their expertise with the experience of highly professional farms. There, they spent several months in the company and also worked on the field. By now, cooperates with numerous agricultural companies and employs around 20 people. In November 2014, Target Partners – one of the leading technology investors in Europe – invested 2.1 million euros in the young software platform. In addition, the European Union supported the development of with 850,000 euros in 2017. In July 2018, was acquired by Yara and became part of the business unit “Digital Farming”. The purpose of Yara Digital Farming is to develop new digital plant nutrition solutions and to offer applications that support farmers in managing their business in a more profitable and sustainable ways

Short portrait of the project pursues the goal to reduce the office time of farmers. Thereby they have more time for their true passion – farming. The easy to handle management software substitutes the elaborate paper work of agricultural holdings.The Smartphone-App enables the farmers to document all current activities in real-time for example tillage, plant protection or harvest. All recorded data converge on the platform of the agricultural holding. The platform automatically fills up with the recorded data and thus creates a farm management software that fits to legal requirements. Besides that, farmers have direct access to activity and cost analyses to make data-based decisions regarding the company organization and production.


Ms. Manuela Pawlewski
Managerin Kundenerfolg

Gneisenaustr. 66
10961 Berlin

+49 (0) 1749979384

MonitorFish GmbH

Short presentation of the institution
MonitorFish is a Berlin-based venture developing a smart diagnostic system for intelligent monitoring of animal welfare in aquaculture.

Short portrait of the project

Our solution offers fish farmers an AI supported system that helps to maximise yield, reduce fish mortality, monitors the complexity of fish welfare and if necessary, generates highly specific action recommendations to ensure optimal conditions for the fish. Taken together out cloud-based solution can thus offer fish farmers a high level of security for their fish population. In addition to this our proprietary cloud-based fish monitoring system is also able to detect abnormal fish behaviour, as well as to collect information about fish size and form and water parameters.


Mr. M.Sc. Dominik Ewald
Technischer Leiter

Hönower Str. 34
10318 Berlin

+49 (0)  176 216 141 78

Impressions to the Future Forum