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Every year the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) discusses current issues and questions.
With this year’s topic, the GFFA addresses two particularly important challenges to global food supply that require global cooperation.

We would like to discuss with you how agriculture can provide the world long-term with food for a balanced diet despite pandemics and climate change.

For the last five years, the number of people suffering from hunger has been rising again across the globe. Nine percent of the global population are starving. This alarming development is being exacerbated by climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic. The United Nations has issued clear warnings about the possibility of the coronavirus crisis resulting in a global food emergency. We need joint action to prevent the situation from worsening further and to develop sustainable solutions for food systems. In 2021, the GFFA will focus on these pressing topics and invite representatives from politics, business, science and civil society to engage in a constructive exchange on the following four key questions:

  1. How can food systems emerge stronger from the COVID-19 pandemic?
  2. How can the agricultural sector help prevent further pandemics?
  3. How can food systems become more climate-resilient?
  4. How can food systems improve in mitigating climate change?
Further information on the subject can be found in the background paper.
A hand holding the earth wearing a face mask.

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