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November 25, 2019

Food for everyone! Trade in support of safe, diverse and sustainable food supplies

From 16 to 18 January 2020, Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture Julia Klöckner will be extending an invitation to the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) in Berlin. The GFFA is the leading international conference that deals with tomorrow’s key issues concerning the world’s food and farming industries, and is due to take place for the twelfth time in succession. More than 2,000 participants representing science, business and society as well as interested members of the pubic and some 70 ministers of agriculture from around the world will broadly analyse and discuss the challenges and potential of agricultural trade and formulate resolutions.

The focus will be on the following topics:

  • What role does trade play for global food supplies?
  • How can we establish fair rules for agricultural trade?
  • How can we make supply chains inclusive, sustainable and safe?
  • How can we make trade benefit agricultural development?

The global population is growing at a rapid pace. The World Food Organization estimates that it will have reached ten billion by the year 2050. In order to feed the world’s growing population agriculture must produce more food and minimise losses – all under the aspect of sustainability. It is imperative that we protect our climate every step of the way and carefully manage resources such as water and soil.

International agricultural trade can make an important contribution to safeguarding global food supplies. Around the world it can balance regional variations in food availability, enable the sustainable use of resources and ensure that foods are safe, healthy and diverse. It is important to make use of this potential of agricultural trade. Negative developments such as an unfair distribution of trading profits must be avoided. The global community faces the difficult task of coming together to make the right decisions to achieve this.

At the GFFA the goal will be to focus public attention on the importance of trade and an integrated trading system for safeguarding global food supplies.

The wide-ranging events at the GFFA 2020 aim to provide an impetus and will examine the subject of trade from all angles. In addition to the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) which is responsible for the event, a number of leading international organisations and players, including the EU Commission, the WTO, FAO and World Bank, are also acting as organisers.

Additional information about the GFFA 2020 as well as details on how to register online free of charge can be found at: www.gffa-berlin.de

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