Agriculture ministers from 74 states met at the GFFA.
Agriculture ministers from 74 states met at the GFFA.
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01.02.2019

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In late January, the eleventh Global Forum for Food and Agriculture was held during the International Green Week in Berlin, Germany. This year, the opportunities and risks of digital transformation were on the agenda.

The world’s population continues to grow and requires more and more resources, such as water, land and energy. Solutions are needed that will enable agriculture to increase yields while reducing the burden on resources and the environment. In this context, digital transformation offers great promises. But how can every farmer be given access to this technology and make use of it? And how can data security and data sovereignty be guaranteed? These were two of the main topics debated at the 11th Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) held in Berlin, Germany.

Climate change, SDGs and cultural change

Germany’s Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel emphasised the opportunities that digital transformation presented. Merkel highlighted two aspects: its potential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), above all with a view to combating hunger and malnutrition, and the need to ensure that sustainable agriculture helped to achieve the aims of the Paris Climate Accords.

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