18-24 January 2021. Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) 2021.
GFFA is held under the umbrella of the International Green Week Digital 2021. This year, the International Green Week (20-21 January) will be held in a virtual format, too.
18 January (livestream)
- Kick-off Event – How to feed the world in times of pandemics and climate change?
This panel discussed “How to Feed the World in Times of Pandemics and Climate Change”. The kick-off event featured leaders from politics, business, science, and civil society, as well as representatives from international organisations, including Dr Agnes Kalibata
UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the 2021 Food Systems Summit. The panel discussed how agriculture can provide the world long-term with food for a balanced diet despite pandemics and climate change.
- Expert Panel 1 – “Building Forward Better – for ONE Climate-Resilient and Healthy WORLD without Hunger.”
This event discussed how the agricultural sector can contribute to preventing further pandemics and how food systems can emerge stronger from the COVID-19 pandemic. The panel also asked how agriculture and food systems in developing countries can be made healthier and more resilient to climate change, and how they can better contribute to climate stewardship.
- Expert Panel 2 – “COVID-19: Lessons for resilience building along agricultural value chains”
This panel discussed the impacts of COVID-19 on food security in agriculture. What lessons can be drawn from different policy approaches and the different approaches of countries in order to foster resilience? How can value chains be made more resilient in respect of both international trade and local production? What conclusions can be drawn from experiences of other epidemics such as Ebola? This panel shared experiences from different countries and continents, including Latin America, Australia, Western Africa and the EU, in order to identify potential pathways for future pandemic management and the improvement of food security situations in crisis situations.
Agri-food markets and trade policy in the time of COVID-19 – FAO
Challenges for a coherent approach to food system resilience within the EU
Sustainable Supply Chains in the Agri-cultural Sector: Adding Value Instead of Just Exporting Raw Materials
The immediate impacts of COVID-19 control measures on the agri-food systems of Australia and New Zealand
What Can Environmental Economists Learn from the COVID-19 Experience?
- Expert Panel 3 – “CFS: Water and Climate Recommendations to Feed the World”
The discussion, also building on the conclusions of GFFA 2017, seeked answers to the questions: With what policies and innovations can the world ensure food and nutrition security, given increasingly scarce water resources and climate change? How can the traformation of food systems make the agricultural sector more climate-resilient? How can we improve the efficiency, and diversify the sources, of water use in agriculture to enhance climate change mitigation and adaptation? The event discussed the impact of two sets of policy recommendations on water and climate change for food security and nutrition of the CFS.
19 January (livestream)
- 8:00-9:00 a.m. Expert Panel 4 FAO/RUAF – “Managing city region food systems – Enhancing strength and resilience against pandemics and climate change”
- 9:00-10:00 a.m. Expert Panel 5 ILRI – “Prevention is cheaper than cure: One Health in practice for sustainable livestock production in Sub-Saharan Africa”
- 11:00-12:00 a.m. High Level Panel 1 FAO – “How innovation can help strengthen the sustainability of food systems and prevent future pandemics”
- 2:00-3:00 p.m. Expert Panel 6 OECD- “Looking ahead: Food systems resilience beyond COVID-19”
- 5:00-6:00 p.m. Expert Panel 7 GFFA Berlin e.V. – “New reality, new business: Lessons to learn from global mega crises”
20 January (livestream)
- 8:00-9:00 a.m. Expert Panel 8 GFA/GIZ – “The role of the seed sector in strengthening the resilience of agricultural production”
- 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. High Level Panel 2 EU-Commission –“Climate change – what’s agriculture got to do with it!?”
- 2:00-3:00 p.m. Expert Panel 9 WWF – “Agrobiodiversity as a key to more resilient agricultural systems – lessons learnt from the global South”
- 5:00-6:00 p.m. Expert Panel 10 Forum Umwelt und Entwicklung, INKOTA, Agrarkoordination, Welttierschutzstiftung, Brot für die Welt – “Implementing the right to food! – with agro-ecology, climate-proof agriculture and One Health”
21 January (livestream)
- 8:00-9:00 a.m. Expert Panel 11 Australia – “Climate Resilient Agriculture: Lessons from the EU and the Land Down Under”
- 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Science Slam
- 1:00-2:00 p.m. Expert Panel 12 Bundesverband für Tiergesundheit – “Advancing the Three Pillars of Sustainability through Better Livestock Health & Welfare: A Data and Evidence Review”
- 2:15-3:15 p.m. Expert Panel 13 4 per 1000 – “Healthy soils to combat climate change and end hunger”
- 3:30-4:30 p.m. Expert Panel 14 Deutscher Verband Tiernahrung – “Sustainable feed for sustainable food: global solutions for climate resilience and climate change mitigation”
- 5:00-6:00 p.m. Expert Panel 15 Thuenen-Institute/GRA/University Potsdam – “The power of many: enhancing climate change mitigation through agricultural research networks (in times of pandemics)”
22 January (livestream)
- 8:00-9:00 a.m. Expert Panel 16 Grain Club/OVID – “Climate-proof food systems: the role played by new breeding techniques – globally and in Europe”
- 10:30-11:30 a.m. Expert Panel 17 GAA/IAMO – “How to better cope with change: New approaches for food system resilience to pandemic and climatic shocks”