"Understanding Farming"

Germany, the land of engineering ingenuity and industry, has at the same time always remained a country with a strong agricultural sector. Despite a high population density, half of the land in Germany is farmed. Around one million people, working in approximately 285,000 agricultural enterprises, produce more than 50 billion Euros’ worth of goods a year.



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Forests: Real all-rounders - Nature sculpted by foresters

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We Germans love our forests: from the Black Forest, the Alps, the Harz Mountains, the island of Rügen in Northern Germany, the Palatine Forest, the Eifel region and the Rhön region up to the Elbe Sandstone Mountains - forests shape not only our culture but also the face of our homeland everywhere.

Forests are much more than just cultivated landscape or a source of inspiration for artists. They are an excellent means of mitigating against climate change: the sustainable management of forests and use of wood products helps to reduce greenhouse gases and to achieve our climate change objectives. At the same time, our forests are home to many protected animals and plants. They also offer work and income to many people, in particular in rural regions. More than 55 million people go into forests at least once a year - to get some exercise or just to take a walk. I too can catch my breath and relax in forests. Put simply: our forests are true all-round talents.

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11. Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA)

City Cube Berlin (Trade Fair) and Foreign Office Berlin

Agriculture Goes Digital – Smart Solutions for Future Farming

The current world population of around 7 billion people is expected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050. Feeding these people with the available scarce natural resources will be the most urgent global challenge of our future. We need to make smart, efficient and sustainable use of these resources and their potential around the globe.


The opportunities offered by innovations and technologies in the digital age are a key factor in ensuring food security. These are, in part, cost-efficient, readily available and can be applied almost anywhere in the world. Today already, digital solutions enable farmers to manage their farms in a way that is more resource-conserving and environmentally-friendly, reduce losses along the value-added chain, increase yields or gain easier access to counselling services.

Nevertheless, there are always unresolved questions regarding the benefits and implications for the environment, industry and society that result from the use of technologies. Against this backdrop, the following questions, inter alia, are to be discussed at the 11th GFFA in Berlin:

  • What is the potential offered by digital technologies and innovations?
  • How do farmers gain access to these and how can they be tailored to meet their needs and the needs of consumers?
  • How can we ensure data sovereignty and data security?
  • How can we build confidence for digital technologies and innovations?

The GFFA is the world’s leading international conference on key issues regarding the future of the global agri-food industry. The GFFA focuses on the issue of food security and has taken place during the International Green Week (IGW) in Berlin on an annual basis since 2009.

More than 2,000 international visitors from the industry, science, civil society and politics attend the numerous public events of GFFA each year. The political highlight is the Agriculture Ministers’ Conference attended by around 70 Ministers.

The diverse range of events under GFFA 2019 are to act as a driver at the beginning of the year and will look at the subject from every angle. The following events, inter alia, have been scheduled for GFFA 2019:

  • 17 January 2019: Kick-off event, expert panels, innovation exchange
  • 18 January 2019: Expert panels, high-level panels, innovation exchange
  • 19 January 2019: Agriculture Ministers’ Conference (not public)


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