Global Forum for Food and Agriculture 2020

  • 18th January 2020
  • by secretary
16 – 18 January 2020. Berlin. Global Forum for Food and Agriculture 2020 Food for all! Trade for Secure, Diverse and Sustainable Nutrition.

The GFFA is an international conference that focuses on crucial questions concerning the future of the global agri-food industry. This year, the GFFA was for the twelfth time during the International Green Week in Berlin. The conference gave representatives from the worlds of politics, business and civil society an opportunity to share ideas and enhance political understanding on topics of current agricultural policy within the context of food security. The Forum was organised and hosted by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) in cooperation with the Berlin Senate, Messe Berlin GmbH and the GFFA Berlin e.V. 
Food for all! Trade for Secure, Diverse and Sustainable Nutrition
  • Tereza Cristina Corrêa da Costa Dias Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply of the Federative Republic of Brazil 
  • Jan Bock Head of Purchasing at Lidl Germany 
  • Joachim von BraunDirector at the Center for Development Research of the University of Bonn (ZEF), President of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and Vice-President of the Welthungerhilfe 
  • Ertharin CousinDistinguished Fellow at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Visiting Scholar at Stanford University and former Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP)
FAO Side Event Digital Council
In the communiqué of the GFFA 2019, FAO was asked by the ministers of agriculture from 74 nations to work out a concept note for considering the establishment of an International Digital Council for Food and Agriculture, in cooperation with international organisations. This Digital Council should advise governments and other relevant actors on digital solutions in the food and agriculture sectors, promote the exchange of ideas and experiences, and thus help make opportunities of digitalisation more accessible to all.

Expert Panels
  • Globalisation in Transition: Trade in Times of Climate Change, New Protectionism and Economic UncertaintyOrganiser: GFFA Berlin e.V.
  • Food waste reloaded for inclusive agri-trade supply chains Organiser: United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
  • Strengthening the contributions of domestic and international markets to food security and nutritionOrganiser: Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD)
  • Soy from Brazil, chicken scraps to Africa – which rules on sustainability and protection do multilateral and bilateral trade agreements with developing countries need? Organiser: Bread for the World, German Forum on Environment and Development
  • Trade agreements for food security and sustainable development Organiser: Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture FOAG
  • Free and Fair Agricultural Trade in and with Africa: The Role of the AfCFTA for Food Security Organiser: German-African Business Association, German Agribusiness Alliance, Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, World Bank Group
  • Latin America – Food Security and Sustainability – Latin America’s contribution to food security and ways to improve sustainabilityOrganiser: Business Association for Latin America (LAV), ApexBrasil
  • Addressing food security successfully in global supply chains: The Food Security Standard Organiser: Welthungerhilfe, WWF Germany, Center for Development Research of the University of Bonn (ZEF) 
  • Tropical agriculture: Innovation for inclusive, sustainable and safe value chainsOrganiser: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • Contribution of cooperatives to fair value creation in international tradeOrganiser: Deutscher Raiffeisenverband e.V. (DRV), Deutscher Genossenschafts- und Raiffeisenverband e.V. (DRGV)  
  • Trading safely: protecting health, promoting developmentOrganiser: Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF)
Decent Work in Agricultural Value Chains – Precondition for Sustainability and Development Organizer: Catholic Movement of the Rural People, International Rural Development Service, German Commission Justitia et Pax 
Ambition and Reality: Solutions for a Fair, Inclusive, Safe and Sustainable Soy Supply Chain Organiser: Economic Committee on Foreign-Trade Issues at the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Grain Club 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Room M4–M5 Women’s empowerment in international trade – An agricultural perspective Organiser: Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Room M6–M7 Digital Acceleration of Agriculture and Food Transformation Organiser: World Bank Group, Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Room M8 Trading, delivering trust: Quality and transparency in international agricultural trade with Eastern Europe and Asia Organiser: German Agribusiness Alliance, Leibnitz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO), German Eastern Business Association