Trade is a key element for sustaining food security and nutrition. However, food systems have to adapt to changing global mega trends: Climate change, protectionist tendencies and economic uncertainty due to populism and diverse political crises. Every single one of these trends overturns previously known realities in food value chains. In addition, the food’s environmental foot print becomes more and more important. In light of the above, the industry is facing major challenges to serve the global consumer who demands a constantly increasing 24/7 high quality food supply with special standards and low prices.
The panel discusses the impacts of these changing realities for agricultural and food systems on a regional and global scale. It also sheds light on the specific challenges that developing and emerging countries face. Throughout the discussion, the panel and the audience shall elaborate solutions to adjust to this new situation, both from a farmer and food industry perspective. Moreover, this panel will formulate recommendations to policy makers as to what kind of national and multilateral policies are needed to guarantee stable, sustainable and affordable food systems. It will discuss if the rules-based multilateral trading order is still suitable to achieve the above-mentioned multiple objectives of global food systems. The panel will also outline available alternatives.
The German agricultural and food industry has joined forces in the association GFFA Berlin e.V. Its aim is to discuss current issues and future challenges of agricultural and food policy with politicians, scientists and the civil society in order to jointly elaborate approaches and solutions.
New York City
Director General IFPRI, Washington D.C.
Farmer and President of the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA), Dublin
President Chairman Argentine Edible Oil Association & Grains Exporters, Buenos Aires
Director International Economy, WWF International, Berlin