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January 12, 2015

International Business Panel on 17 January 2015

Topic: ’Increasing agricultural production and safeguarding natural resources’

Berlin, 12 January 2015 – From 15 to 17 January 2015 the International Business Panel (17 January, Deutsche Telekom, Berlin) is one of the major conferences at the 7th Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) which will be taking place during the International Green Week. The event is being organised by the GFFA, which was set up by the Federal Association of the German Food and Drink Industries (BVE), the German Farmers’ Union (DBV), the German Agricultural Society (DLG), the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), and the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations (OA). This year’s main topic which the business panel will be discussing is ’Increasing agricultural production and safeguarding natural resources’.

This event underlines the commitment of Germany’s food and farming industries towards the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture in Berlin, which represents an international platform for dialogue between politics, business, science and society on the topic of food security.

Panel discussions with high-ranking experts

Numerous scientific studies show that there is significant potential for globally increasing food production and thus a realistic chance of successfully dealing with hunger and malnutrition. As well as for food, there is also an increasing demand for raw materials from the agricultural sector which are needed for industrial processing and generating bioenergy. Such developments must avoid impacting negatively on food security. The necessary increases in production will for the most part have to be sustained by existing farming land, meaning that productivity will have to be significantly raised. At the same time, this increase in livestock and crop output must avoid any detrimental effects on natural resources such as soils and water, the environment, bio-diversity and our climate. Ensuring the sustainable exploitation of soils and water, conserving bio-diversity and protecting our climate are the main challenges while simultaneously targeting the necessary increases in agricultural production. The focus will be more and more on harnessing tried and tested methods together with newly acquired knowledge in order to sustainably exploit natural resources for agricultural production. For the food and farming industries this presents major challenges while opening up new possibilities:

• Is the biobased economy the right approach for the future of agricultural production?

• Is the biobased economy a viable concept in countries where hunger and malnutrition are omnipresent?

• What are the legal, political and economic requirements for ensuring that the sustainable exploitation of natural resources becomes part of the production decision-making process?

• How can consumers help to improve sustainable agricultural production?

The GFFA welcomes the opportunity to debate these issues with leading international representatives of business, politics and science in close cooperation with the Berlin Agriculture Ministers’ Summit and to jointly work on forward-looking solutions. Two panel discussions featuring high-ranking experts will be examining these topics at the International Business Panel.

Keynote speakers and panel members:

• Dr. Thomas Kirchberg, member of the board of Südzucker AG and chairman of the Agricultural Industry Working Group of the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations

• Dr. Shenggen Fan, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

• Dr. J. B. Penn, chief economist, John Deere & Company

• Ajay Vir Jakhar, chairman of the Farmers’ Forum, India (Bharat Krishak Samaj)

• Michael Windfuhr, chairman, German Institut for Human Rights

• Prof. Dr. Klaus Josef Lutz, chairman, BayWa AG

• Dr. Jürgen Vögele, senior director, Agriculture Global Practice, World Bank Group

• Bernd Naaf, chairman, Bayer CropScience AG

• Dr. Evelyn Nguleka, president, World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO)

• Jürgen Leiße, chairman, Mondelēz Deutschland GmbH

• Luiz Carlos Correa de Carvalho, president, Brazilian Agribusiness Association (ABAG)

• Vladimir Rakhmanin, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Moderator: Ms. Rayul Pandya-Lorch, head of the 2020 Vision Initiative, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Berlin Agriculture Ministers’ Summit

Parallel with these events Federal Minister of Agriculture Christian Schmidt has invited over 70 agriculture ministers to attend the Berlin Agriculture Ministers’ Summit, the world’s largest forum of its kind. Afterwards, the GFFA Berlin will be inviting those participating in both events to an evening reception that will provide an opportunity for exchanging views. This food and farming industry summit is unparalleled in that no other event offers the same opportunity for a meeting of high-ranking politicians and industry executives.

Contact: Dr. Eckart Guth, Global Forum for Food and Agriculture Berlin e.V., Claire-Waldoff-Str. 7, 10117 Berlin, tel.: +49 30 200 786-180

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