Empowering Agriculture: Fostering Resilience – Securing Food and Nutrition

The Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) 2014 is being held from 16 – 18 January 2014 in Berlin.

The theme is: Empowering Agriculture: Fostering Resilience – Securing Food and Nutrition

The key to overcoming hunger at global level is the development of a productive, adaptable and resilient agriculture sector based on three key elements: diversity, sustainability and productivity. However, in many places, efforts to establish efficient structures in agriculture face major challenges: The increasing competition for scarce natural resources, the consequences of climate change and the loss of biodiversity and soil fertility all constitute obstacles to using and utilising agricultural production potential. Economic and financial crises and the increasing volatility on the agricultural markets lessen the inclination to invest in the agricultural sector and consequently reduce the sector’s productivity. Extreme weather events threaten agricultural structures. In addition to this, in many places tackling the current challenges is made even more difficult by other factors such as social inequality, a lack of know-how and a lack of access to education and capital.

How can agricultural problems be detected earlier and addressed in a more targeted way? Which exemplary approaches, strategies and projects already exist, at national, regional and international level, for improving the resilience of agricultural and rural structures? How can farmers be strengthened, economic risks be reduced and also economic and social participation be improved? How can agriculture, as a key sector, make its decisive contribution to overcoming hunger and malnutrition? These and other questions are to be discussed at GFFA 2014.


Two sessions will deal with pastoralism and sustainable livestock:

  • Pastoralism and food security: The hunger of the forgotten, organized by Vétérinaires sans Frontières Germany, Centre for Rural Development/SLE and the League for Pastoral Peoples
  • Sustainable livestock: What are the options?, organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

More info here: http://www.gffa-berlin.de/en/home-2014.html


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