Global Forum on Food and Agriculture
The Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) is an international conference that focuses on central questions concerning the future of the global agri-food industry. It was held during the International Green Week (IGW) in Berlin, Germany and took place from January 19-21, 2017. The Forum gave representatives from the worlds of politics, business, science and civil society an opportunity to share ideas and enhance political understanding on selected topics of current agricultural policy within the context of food security. The GFFA was organised by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) in cooperation with the Senate of Berlin, Messe Berlin GmbH and GFFA Berlin e. V.
Under the title “Agriculture and Water – Key to Feeding the World”, the forum discussed what role agriculture, as a large consumer of water, can play worldwide in the sustainable stewardship of water as a valuable resource. Additional questions raised were, how access to water can be ensured for growers in order to provide the global population with food, given the increasing competition over water usage and how agriculture can contribute its considerable potential regarding the use of water towards political processes at international level.
Within GoodBerry, the use of water plays an important role and is considered as a restricting resource for the berry fruit production. The project aims amongst others at developing specific cultivation techniques and adaptation strategies to react to climate change. Experiments will be carried out in different locations where water and nutrient use are controlled and leakage to surrounding environments can be avoided.