The challenge is immense: there are likely to be more than nine billion people living on Earth in 2050, and they all need to be fed. Yet it’s already difficult today to ensure that the world‘s population of currently seven billion people receive sufficient nutrition. What should be done?
The Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) will be looking into this key question and related topics for the fifth time from 17-19 January 2013 in Berlin. This international event, timed to coincide with the International Green Week, brings together politicians, business representatives and academics in a discussion platform to jointly search for new approaches for the future of global food production. At the heart of the Forum’s programme is the International GFFA Podium with approximately 1,400 participants from all over the world. It is hosted by the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV). On the fringe of the GFFA, the African Union, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) will be hosting public working sessions for the first time. The results of these sessions will be presented to Berlin Agriculture Ministers‘ Summit and the International Business Panel to be held on 19 January 2013 at the Federal Foreign Office.
The main focus of GFFA 2013 is on responsible investment in the agricultural and food sectors. Experts estimate that at least US$83 billion is likely to be needed every year to ensure global food security up to the middle of this century. Many countries will not be able to raise the necessary funds on their own. They will be dependent on foreign investment. Although such funds are already flowing now, their effects are often controversial. Small farmers are displaced when land is sold, and the cultivation of energy crops is increasingly competing with the production of staple foods. Meaningful financing strategies must therefore be developed that will benefit both the population and investors in the long term.
Global Forum for Food and Agriculture, 17-19 January 2013 in Berlin