GFFA 2019 | Innovation Market

GFFA 2019 | Innovation Market

Location: CityCube Berlin, all levels
Time: Thursday, 17. January 2019 from 12.30 pm to 5.00 pm
Friday, 18. January 2019 from 9.00 am till 4.00 pm.

The former Cooperation Market has been developed into the Innovation Market. It was our objective to increase communication and make the market more attractive by providing new participants, in particular start-ups with the opportunity to present their projects, developments and ideas on this year’s theme of “Agriculture Goes Digital – Smart Solutions for Future Farming”. The Innovation Market was a platform for new concepts, practical examples and pioneering solutions.

As usual, around 30 associations, companies, executing agencies, universities and BMEL divisions were present to provide an insight into their activities in the agri-food sector, develop existing relationships and establish new contacts.



Overview of Innovation Exhibitors 2019

ADT Project Consulting GmbH

Short presentation of the institution
ADT Project Consulting GmbH is a specialist project management consulting firm for the agriculture and food sector, undertaking all necessary phases from the conceptualization and planning of tailored production systems and value chains, right through to their implementation and evaluation, thereby facilitating sustainable developments in agriculture and animal husbandry.

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ADT Project Consulting GmbH consults on the technical implementation of development-oriented value chains for products of animal origin. ADT’s expertise in animal breeding, animal identification, trace ability, quality assurance, animal health and food safety really makes ADT stand out in its field.


Mr. Ferdinand Schmitt Managing Director

Adenauerallee 174
53113 Bonn

+49 (0)228 9144732

AFC Agriculture and Finance Consultants GmbH

Short presentation of the institution
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 marketing. AFC’s portfolio in the financial sector includes projects ranging from micro and SME finance, through financial institutions development, to agriculture & value chain finance.
We believe that our technical expertise combined with strong strategic partnerships and reliable networks, serve perfectly our clients all over the world.
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.

Short portrait of the project

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Mr. Johannes Buschmeier
Managing Director

Dottendorfer Str. 82
53129 Bonn

+49 (0)228985790


Short presentation of the institution
AHT GROUP AG, based in Essen, Germany, is an independent consulting firm providing development cooperation services for all major international donors worldwide 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).

Short portrait of the project

Within the framework of small-scale irrigation projects in Mali financed by KfW Entwicklungsbank, AHT GROUP AG conducted a training course on the use of drones in an agricultural context in Bamako. As part of this training, employees of the National Directorate for Rural Infrastructure (DNGR) and the local staff of the partner company were successfully trained in generating orthophotos of agricultural areas with the support of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV).
The subsequent digitalisation of these photos enables a transparent, efficient and exact calculation of the cultivated areas. This approach with the help of training and provision of the necessary equipment on site is the first of its kind within the framework of German-malian development cooperation.

Contact N.N.


Short presentation of the institution
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 productive associations and cooperates 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.



Mr. Vinícius Estrela

SAUN Quadra 5 bloco C Torre II
salas 1201 a 1701
70040250 Brasília

0055 61 9305 9000

Agency for Business & Economic Development (AWE)

Short presentation of the institution
The Agency for Business Economic & Development is a key partner for German and European companies interested in investing or planning business ventures in developing countries and emerging economies. The Agency assists them in identifying suitable financing and promotional programmes as well as in identifying local contacts. Furthermore, it advises on project planning.
The Agency offers tailor-made advice, free of charge, on local conditions and on available support that is appropriate for your needs.
Together with our partners and supporting organisations, we draw on a comprehensive international network and we can assist with the local implementation of your projects.
The Agency is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and supported by DEG and GIZ.

Mr. Ulrich Boysen

Am Weidendamm 1a
10117 Berlin

+49 (0)3072625697

Federal Agency for Agriculture and Food (BLE)

Short presentation of the institution
The Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE) is the central service provider within the scope of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL). We focus on tasks related to the implementation of measures aiming to strengthen sustainable agricultural, food, forestry and fishery industries along with rural development, and on the central provision of administrative and information services for the scope of the BMEL and other departments. NN

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

Short presentation of the institution
The Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs is responsible at legislative level for numerous policy fields ranging from labour market policy to labour law, occupational safety and health, pensions and social security all the way to the integration of people with disabilities and the area of Social Europe and International Affairs.
Its primary focus is on strengthening the labour market and Germany’s social security system on a long-term basis and fostering social cohesion and social integration.
lt additionally works to establish the conditions necessary for equitable labour market policies and reducing unemployment at national and international level.

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In December 2016, the Federal Government adopted the National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights (NAP). In this plan, the Federal Government for the first time anchors the responsibility German enterprises have for observing human rights in a clear framework. In it, the Federal Government formulates the clear expectation that businesses fulfil their obligation to exercise due diligence with regard to human rights and respect human rights in their supply and value chains.



Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture

Short presentation of the institution
The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture pursues its goals and interests in agricultural, trade and food policies also within a European and international framework.

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The bilateral cooperation programme supports tranformation and development processes towards a good regulatory and organisational framework for the sustainable development of agriculture and agri-food industry. In this respect, the projects are aimed at demand-oriented policy advice, practice-oriented demonstration projects and fostering the industry’s powers of self-organisation.


Ms. Nadine Kohnle

Wilhelmstraße 54
10117 Berlin

+49 (0) 30 18 529 4439

BVVG German AgriForest Privatization Agency

Short presentation of the institution
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
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
BVVG’s International Consulting Department provides policy and legal advisory services as well as technical assistance in
areas that lie within its core competencies.

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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.


Ms. Katja Dells
Head of International Consulting Department

Schönhauser Allee 120
10437 Berlin

+49 (0) 3044321033

Bundesverband DEULA

Short presentation of the institution
Bundesverband DEULA

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.

History of DEULA

The existence of DEULA can be traced back to the year 1926 when Germany’s agriculture underwent a great shift from animal-draft to motorization. Since this time DEULA is deeply rooted in vocational training and rural development.


Today they are modern training centres offering a wide range of services in inter-company vocational training and advanced professional training, qualification and retraining.

They are specialise in the areas of agriculture, agricultural and construction machine technology, landscaping, horticulture, municipal technology, welding technology, warehouse logistics and driving lessons.

They are distinguished by practicality, long-time experience, trainers with educational and technical qualifications, lively, hands-on lessons and proximity to customers.

DEULA’s clients

• national and international development organizations
• donor and recipient governments and ministries
• agro-industrial enterprises such as manufacturers of agricultural machineries, suppliers of equipment, trading companies
• professional bodies of agricultural mechanization and engineering
• research centers, universities, technical colleges, education and training institutions



Mr. Hubert Lücking

Max-Eyth Straße 12-18
26655 Westerstede

+49 (0)4488 8301-50

CTA (Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation)

Short presentation of the institution

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). Its mission is to advance food security, resilience and inclusive economic growth in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific through innovations in sustainable agriculture. CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU. For more information on CTA, visit

Short portrait of the project

At CTA we are shaping the move to next-generation farming in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific. How? By fostering innovation with digital technology and sharing actionable knowledge. Why? Because we believe that now, more than ever, this shift is essential to creating opportunities for the youth, transforming rural economies and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. More about CTA’s work on digitisation for agriculture:






Short presentation of the institution
The name DEULA-Nienburg stands for high-quality independent education and training. We are a modern educational center for all agricultural and certain handcraft and technical professions. With our help, the professionals from agricultural sector can deepen and improve their knowledge. We offer educational programs in the spheres of agriculture, particularly in agricultural engineering.

We have been working since 1962 and during the span of this time, we have managed to become an international partner for the agricultural academic projects. Since 1980 we have been working overseas. We consult the institutions and organizations in other countries on the queries related to professional training and fulfill the projects aimed at profit optimization in agriculture.

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At present, the DEULA-Nienburg staff consists of 80 employees. The center has 6ha of land wherein various modern technologies for agriculture and tillage are demonstrated. There are 29 well-equipped classrooms in the DEULA, 3 conference halls, a dormitory and a canteen, which is open for students across the World. Our training revolves around the following fields and more:
1) Horticulture
2) Livestock farming
3) Plant production
4) Agricultural machinery
5) Renewable energy
DEULA- Nienburg offers you a variety of training courses involving an exchange of practical knowledge and skills.



Ms. Chetana Siddappa
Regional manager Asia

Max-Eyth Straße 2
31582 Nienburg

05021 9728-0

DKE-Data GmbH & Co. KG

Short presentation of the institution
DKE-Data GmbH & Co. KG has developed the idea of the manufacturer-neutral, cross-product data exchange platform “agrirouter” together with currently 11 consortium companies and has managed the necessary developments by tendering, awarding contracts and controlling the corresponding work packages to external service providers. With the commissioning in February 2019, DKE-Data GmbH & Co. KG will also act as the operating company of the agrirouter.


Short portrait of the project

The agrirouter is a universal data exchange platform for farmers and contractors with which machines and agricultural software can be connected across manufacturers. This closes a central gap on the way to Farming 4.0, because machine data can be used across manufacturers for the first time with the agrirouter. Farmers and contractors as end customers retain complete control over their data at all times with their individually compiled agrirouter. The agrirouter transports data and does not store it.


Mr. Dr. Johannes Sonnen

Albert-Einstein-Str. 42
49076 Osnabrück

+49 541 / 20197 002

DLG International GmbH

Short presentation of the institution
International expertise in markets and trends
DLG International offers international expertise in setting up trade fairs and providing project management and consultancy services. These activities are coordinated by staff at our headquarters in Frankfurt and nine subsidiaries abroad.With decades of experience, a global network of experts and a keen instinct for spotting emerging trends and issues, DLG International has pioneered the successful development and implementation of international trade fairs and specialist exhibitions in the fields of agricultural machinery, crop production, livestock farming and bioenergy.Our global platforms are designed to foster dialogue between policymakers, the scientific community and the business world. For example, DLG International works closely with ministries and government agencies to support international projects through the provision of consultancy and coordination services.In the trade fair sector, consultancy and stand construction services provided by DLG International place companies on center stage in the global business

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German-Chinese Exchange Programme for Trainees in the Agricultural Sector (AEP)

The bilateral cooperation project is supported by the agricultural ministries of both governments. The project is implemented by the working group DLG International GmbH and DLG Academy.

The exchange programme for young Chinese and German experts from the agricultural and food sectors contributes to expanding knowledge about the agricultural sector of the respective partner country. The exchange establishes networks between companies and organisations and trains young specialists for this cooperation. Every year about 20 participants from Germany and about 20 from China will take part in the programme.


Mr. Frederik Tipp
Head of International Projects

Eschborner Landstraße 122
60489 Frankfurt am Main

+49 6924788727

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Short presentation of the institution
Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO’s efforts – to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives.

Our three main goals are: the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition; the elimination of poverty and the driving forward of economic and social progress for all; and, the sustainable management and utilization of natural resources (including land, water, air, climate and genetic resources) for the benefit of present and future generations.

The Organization was founded 73 years ago, on 16 October 1945; the day is remarked nowadays as World Food Day. It has 194 Member Nations and one member organization, the European Union. Headquartered in Rome, Italy, FAO is the biggest specialized agency of the UN. The regional office for Europe and Central Asia is located in Budapest, Hungary. José Graziano da Silva, the current Director-General of FAO is holding an office since 1 January 2012.

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FAO’s innovative approaches in food and agriculture

FAO’s Fall Armyworm Monitoring and Early Warning System (FAMEWS) app that helps farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa fight Fall Armyworm. Data uploaded by farmers is transferred to a global web-based platform and analysed to give real-time situation reports, calculate infestation levels and suggests measures to reduce impact.
In partnership with Telefonica, FAO launched four pilots in the Central American Dry Corridor applying specialized hardware, lnternet of Things and Artificial Intelligence to improve water management. The findings will be made available to local farmers to help them make decisions about irrigation and crop management.
FAO is developing proof of concepts to mainstream innovative approaches to improve rural livelihoods across the organisation. Highlights include FishID, an app using machine learning for image recognition to provide information on fish species and nutrition by taking a photo, and Blockchain to support rights for pastoralists by registering utilisation of shared resources, such as land and corridors.



Ekosem-Agrarprojekte GmbH / German-Russian Agricultural Policy Dialogue

Short presentation of the institution
The German-Russian Agricultural Policy Dialogue has been conducted as a cooperation project of the Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture since 1994 and plays an important role as a linking institution in German-Russian cooperation in the agricultural sphere.
The aim of the project is to promote cooperation between the organs and institutions of both countries in the agricultural sphere and to fill them with life.
The main partners of the project are the agricultural committees of the State Duma and the Federation Council, and the Russian Ministry of Agriculture. Depending on the questions raised, current agricultural policy issues are dealt with within the framework of conferences, German-Russian working groups and round table discussions. These are accompanied by statements and expert opinions regarding current draft legislation in the agricultural sphere, and analytical material is produced.The project is conducted by Ekosem Agrarprojekte GmbH, which belongs to the EkoNiva group of companies.It operates in Russia in agricultural production and in trading agricultural technology products, amongst other things.

Short portrait of the project

See co-exhibitor Ekotechnika AG


Ms. Judith
Project manager

Alt-Moabit 41
10555 Berlin

+49 (0)1743170854

Ekosem-Agrar AG

Short presentation of the institution
Ekosem-Agrar AG, Walldorf, Germany, is the German holding company of Ekoniva Group, one of the largest Russian agricultural companies. With around 130,000 head of cattle (thereof approx. 57,000 dairy cows) and an average milk production of around 1,400 tonnes per day, the company is the largest milk producer in the country (as per 30 september 2018). The group has approx. 467,000 hectares of farmland and rates among the leading seed producers in Russia. Stefan Duerr, founder and CEO of the company, has been active in Russian agriculture since the 80s and has played a decisive role in its modernisation over the past two decades. In 2009, he was awarded the German Federal Cross of Merit for his contribution within the German-Russian Agricultural and Political Dialogue Project. The corporate group has more than 9,000 employees in seven regions in Russia and achieved a total output of EUR 246 million and an adjusted EBITDA of EUR 69.5 million in fiscal year 2017. For further information visit:



Ms. Judith
Project manager

Johann-Jakob-Astor Str. 49
69190 Walldorf

+49 (0) 6227 3585 919

Ekotechnika AG

Short presentation of the institution
Walldorf-based Ekotechnika AG is the German holding company of the Ekoniva-Technika Group, the largest distributor of agriculture equipment in Russia. The company’s single most important supplier is John Deere, the world’s leading manufacturer in this field. Ekotechnika’s main business lies in selling new equipment such as tractors and combines but also soil tillage machines and precision farming technology.
In addition, the company sells spare parts and provides service and maintenance. Ekotechnika’s founder and board member is Stefan Dürr, who has been active in the Russian farming sector since the late eighties and has been instrumental in its modernization over the past two decades. In 2011 the equipment business was separated from the farming business, which now operates independently under the name Ekosem-Agrar.
Operating 12 locations in attractive Russian farming regions, Ekotechnika today employs around 500 people and generated sales of more than EUR 140 million in 2016/2017. The Ekotechika stock is listed on the Primärmarkt of the Düsseldorf stock market (ISIN: DE000A161234).

Short portrait of the project

The English version will be online soon.


Ms. Judith
Project manager

Johann-Jakob-Astor Str. 49
69190 Walldorf

+49 (0) 6227 3 58 59 60

GFA Consulting Group GmbH

Short presentation of the institution
GFA Consulting Group GmbH, based in Hamburg, Germany, is an international consulting company. 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
• Climate Change
• Water & Sanitation
• Private Sector Development
• Public Sector & Fund Management
• Financial Systems Development
• Health & HIV/AIDS
• Labour Markets & Human Resources
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. GFA Consulting Group has a large pool of highly qualified advisors at its disposal on whom we can rely in the respective phases of project preparation, implementation and evaluation.

Short portrait of the project

The project ICT4Ag aims to develop the attractiveness of the agricultural sector and create employment prospects for young people as service providers in rural areas. Indirectly, it aims to improve the performance of the agricultural sector (productivity, market access etc.), especially for MSMEs and smallholder farmers, through access to innovative, necessary, and affordable services. The purpose is to identify and accompany new agripreneurs in developing ICT-based solutions in agricultural value chains in rural areas.
The GFA provides technical assistance to the component “Agripreneurs 2.0” in the field of ICT4Ag, specifically for the promotion and creation of innovative start-ups by rural young men and women in the agriculture and agri-food sector.
The target group (young people aged 18 to 35 years) will be mobilized on-site and by media through an information and awareness campaign at different levels. These young people will then have access to a series of workshops to develop and implement businesses ideas and innovative start-ups in the field of ICT, as well as specific and continuous coaching. This support is designed to enable, at the end of the project, young people with the best ideas to be selected via a competition, which will allow them to receive financial support to realize their own commercial projects.



Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (giz) GmbH

Short presentation of the institution
Working together worldwide

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.

All these commissioning parties and cooperation partners place their trust in GIZ by working together with us to generate ideas for political, social and economic change, develop these into concrete plans and implement the envisaged change processes. As a public-benefit federal enterprise, German and European values are central to our work. We are committed to meeting our clients’ high standards with regard to transparency and accountability. This makes us a reliable service provider that people can trust. Together with our partners, we work to deliver flexible, effective and cost-effective solutions that offer people better prospects and sustainably improve their living conditions.

The registered offices of GIZ are in Bonn and Eschborn. In 2017 our business volume was around EUR 2.6 billion. Of our 19.506 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 1,459 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.

Short portrait of the project

GIZ is intensively engaged in the development and application of innovative digital solutions for development challenges. At the Innovation Market, examples from our projects concerning different topics in the field of rural development (land governance, food security, value chains and agricultural trade) will be presented.



Mr. Dr. Helmut Albert
Head of section 4D30: Rural Development and Food and Nutrition Security

Dag-Hammarskjöld-Weg 1-5
65760 Eschborn

+49 (0)6196-79-1489

GRIMME Landmaschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG

Short presentation of the institution
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!

Short portrait of the project

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).



Mr. Frank Nordmann
General Sales Manager Africa, Southeast Asia, Oceania

Hunteburger Straße 32
49401 Damme

+49 (0)5491 666-2479

Nuertingen-Geislingen University (HFWU)

Short presentation of the institution
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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Since January 2015 the NGU (lead company) 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.
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 (BMEL).



Mr. Prof. Dr. Heinrich Schüle
Professor for Agricultural Economics, Dean of Agricultural Studies

Neckarsteige 6-10
72622 Nürtingen

+49 (0) 7022-201480

IAK Agrar Consulting GmbH

Short presentation of the institution
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 ordering 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 and rural/agricultural strategy development, natural resources management and other aspects.

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. In Germany, IAK cooperates with about 200 farming enterprises ranging from family farms to large agro-enterprises. The company also delivers consulting services to private clients in the context of international agricultural investment projects.

Short portrait of the project

IAK Agrar Consulting GmbH and Dr. Schindler Geo Consult International GmbH & Co. KG has developed a “Land Management Toolbox” for transition and developing countries. The toolbox is supported by the Development Bank of Saxony through its technology development programme for the creation of an open source software. The “Land Management Toolbox” creates an added value by integrating existing cadastral data with free (“open data”) and third-party data, thus creating a modern decision support basis for land management tasks in public and municipal administrations. This enables the user to complete land management tasks with digital solutions using the cadastral land register and graphic data (e.g. aerial images) and to improve administrative processes in terms of quality and to make them more effective. Additionally, adapted tools for agriculture, silviculture and pasture farming will be developed, which support public administrations in the regional planning and the implementation of services and investments as well as the monitoring of the agricultural production. By integrating cadastral and remote sensing data statements can be made regarding the agricultural use, crop rotations, yield projections in crop production as well as the state of pastures and forests.



Mr. Dieter Künstling

Bornaer Straße 16
04288 Leipzig

+49 (0)34297 714-0


Short presentation of the institution
ICON-INSTITUTE Consulting Group closely works with its clients in the implementation of tailor-made and hands-on solutions in the fields of management and development consulting. We aim to assist our clients by providing them with the knowledge and capacities to ensure long lasting and sustainable results.

With more than 40 years of experience, we hold a leading market position in management and development consulting. We manage nearly € 15 million in consultancy projects per year.

Our clients include international and national development organisations such as the European Union, the Worldbank and other international development banks, bilateral development agencies such as GIZ/GTZ, KfW, DFID, as well as national and local governmental institutions and private sector companies.

Our Business Areas
Education and Training, Economic Development, Agriculture and Rural Development, Financial Sector Development, Engineering and Infrastructure, Social Policy and Health, Social Research and Evaluation, Statistics, Governance and Public Administration, Justice and Legislation


Ms. Dr. Franka Berdel
Senior Project Manager

Von-Groote-Str. 28
50968 Köln

+49 (0)221 93743289

PÖTTINGER Landtechnik GmbH

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Pöttinger – The specialist in grassland and soil cultivation

Pöttinger has become one of the most respected agricultural machinery manufacturers in the world since the company was established in 1871.
The comprehensive range features hay making machines (mowers, tedders, windrowers), round balers, self-loading harvest and silage wagons plus soil cultivation equipment (ploughs, power harrows, stubble cultivators and seed drills).

Ongoing internationalisation is one of the cornerstones of success at Pöttinger. An export quota of nearly 90 percent speaks for itself.

Reliable machines that deliver excellent working results with a high level of precision are the focus of our developments and are the guiding principle within Pöttinger. “When we develop products, we think in the same dimensions as our customers: high levels of crop and soil conservation, excellent working results, safety, operational reliability and efficiency,” explains Gregor Dietachmayr on behalf of the management team, going on to say: “Thanks to our consistent customer orientation, we have evolved into an international, tractor-independent specialist for forage harvesting, tillage, seedbed preparation and seed drill technology. We want to continue on this successful course into the future together with our customers and dealerships.”


Mr. Christoph Schürz
Area Sales Manager Scandinavia & Africa

Industriegelände 1
4710 Grieskirchen

+43 (0) 664803802632

RIELA Karl-Heinz Knoop e.k.

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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
– in november 2013 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.




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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 95,000 employees, we operate a network of more than 2,400 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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The origin of SGS Institut Fresenius date back to 1848. Since then, we have continuously developed our laboratory analysis and the methods we use. Today, innovation and improvement are still core our activities. We are working on faster and more accurate methods as well as digital services for more quality and safety in the food business.
A recent innovation in our laboratory analytics is Next-Generation Sequencing. NGS is a method of DNA analysis to identify the biological content of a sample. Millions of DNA sequences of different species can be discovered simultaneously and realized in short turnaround time. For example, food fraud can be detected quickly and reliably.
In addition, digital solutions are increasingly being used. With SGS’ Transparency-One, for example, food manufacturers and retailers can monitor their suppliers, product components and manufacturing facilities along the entire value chain. The software SGS Digicomply provides orientation in the growing food law regulations. Food companies can thus find relevant regulatory information and limit values from numerous countries to comply with.


Mr. Torsten Laub
Senior PR-Manager

Rödingsmarkt 16
20459 Hamburg

+49 (0) 40 30101 – 298

Federal Statistical Office / Branch Office Bonn

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The Federal Statistical Office is the leading provider of official statistical information about Germany. We provide the statistical information required for the development of an informed
opinion and the decision making processes in a democratic society while ensuring
neutrality, objectivity and scientific independence of our work and data confidentiality regarding the micro data placed at our disposal. We will as well provide information about concepts, methods and first results from our new digital project “SatAgrarStat” – Assessing a Method of Crop Yield Estimation that Incorporates Remote Sensing in a Joint Research Project of German Statistical Offices.

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At the GFFA conference we would like to present the latest official German and international statistics on topics such as agriculture, food, water and sustainable development. Experts in agricultural statistics will be present at the conference stand to answer any questions conference delegates may have regarding data or methodology.



Ms. Dr. Sabrina Esch
research associate – crop production and land use

Graurheindorfer Straße 198
53117 Bonn

+49 (0) 22899 643 8603

The Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group (SWG) in South East Europe

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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.


Innovative and sustainable agriculture and rural development through cohesive regional co-operation for improvement of rural livelihoods in the SEE countries


To increase horizontal collaboration among respective countries and territories of SEE, coordinating regional initiatives related to agriculture and rural development and support the process of economic development in rural areas of Southeastern Europe

General Objective

To facilitate close cooperation among the Ministries of Agriculture and other stakeholders in the field of agriculture and rural development and to support the EU integration

Specific Objectives

• To improve the common understanding of EU agriculture and rural development policies;
• To assist the improvement of implementation structures and systems for agriculture and rural development in rural areas, with specific emphasis on cross border cooperation;
• To improve the understanding and use of implementation tools for agriculture and rural development;
• To identify and share information and application of good practice in agriculture and rural development to broaden the rural agenda.


Ms. Bogdanka Leveska Gjorshoska
Project Manager

Goce Delcev 18, MRTV Building 12th Floor, P.O.Box 659
1000 Skopje

+389 23217708

UN World Food Programme Innovation Accelerator (WFP)

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The WFP Innovation Accelerator identifies, nurtures and scales bold solutions to hunger globally. We support WFP innovators and external start-ups and companies through financial support, access to a network of experts and a global field reach.

We believe the way forward in the fight against hunger is not necessarily in building grand plans, but identifying and testing solutions in an agile way. The Innovation Accelerator is a space where the world can find out what works and what doesn’t in addressing hunger – a place where we can be bold, and fail as well as succeed.

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Selection of projects, in particular related to core topic “Digitization in Agriculture”:

1) Farm to Market Alliance – public-private sector consortium which helps smallholder farmers receive relevant information, investment and support from seed to market, so they can produce and sell marketable surplus and increase their income
2) H2Grow – helps vulnerable communities to build their own hydroponic systems so that they can grow food in impossible places
3) AgUnity – blockchain-based mobile app that helps farmers buy and sell different products and services on its platform easing smallholder farmers access to inputs as well as to off-takers
4) Agrishare – Platform helping smallholder farmers access machinery



Impressions to the Roundtour with the Federal Minister Julia Klöcker 2019


Impressions to the Roundtour with the PST Stübgen 2019