Global Forum for Food and Agriculture

16 - 18 January 2014, Berlin, Germany

 This year’s Global Forum on Food and Agriculture (GFFA) organized by the German Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection was held from 16 to 18 January 2014 in Berlin.

As part of the 2014 International Green Week, the Forum, entitled, “Empowering Agriculture for Food and Nutrition Security" incorporated Expert Panel discussions around the Berlin Agriculture Ministers’ Summit. The GFFA 2014 aimed  to contribute to highlighting courses of action that show how agriculture and rural areas can be strengthened, so that they are in a position to face contemporary challenges such as, for example, changing levels of availability of natural resources, social, production and market risks, and make an active contribution to overcoming them.

As an integral part of Agenda’s support to the facilitation of novel forms of dialogue and partnership to address sustainability in food and agriculture, the Agenda Support Group was asked to organize an Expert Panel during the GFFA 2014 on 17 January from 13:00 to 15:00. The Panel explored available options for sustainable livestock sector development through a context setting keynote presentation, after which an international panel  of experts shared and discussed their views on livestock sector futures, to identify practice change and continuous sector improvement options that could facilitate the livestock sector's contribution to sustainable food and agriculture.