Guests at the evening reception for the Business Panel in Berlin in January. Left to right: Bernhard Krüsken (DBV), Carl-Albrecht Bartmer (DLG), Torsten Spill (OA), Albert Engel (GIZ)
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This year’s annual Global Forum for Food and Agriculture in Berlin looked at global use of water in agriculture. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH organised two expert panels, and participated in the International Economic Panel.

The annual Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) was held for the ninth time from 19-21 January 2017 in Berlin as part of the International Green Week (IGW), the world’s biggest consumer fair for the food, agricultural and horticultural industries. The Forum’s topic was ‘Agriculture and Water – Key to Feeding the World’. Key actors from politics, business, universities and research and civil society met in expert panels and plenary sessions to discuss sustainable water use in agriculture. Their focus was on two questions in particular: First, what contribution can agriculture make as the largest global water user to more sustainable use of this vital resource, and second, how can access to water be secured for agriculture (and with it, food security for the growing global population).

The political climax of the Forum was the International GFFA panel, organised by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and this largest summit of the world’s agricultural ministers brought GFFA to a close.

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