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World’s largest food fair Green Week held in extraordinary circumstances

22. January 2021 - 15:32
Photo: Messe Berlin GmbH

The world’s largest and oldest international agriculture and food fair International Green Week in Berlin has been exceptional in several aspects. For the first time, the 95th Green Week fair was held virtually.

The Global Forum for Food and Agriculture and its high-level meeting of agriculture ministers held in parallel to the fair were also virtual. The meeting hosted representatives from nearly 100 countries. This makes it the largest meeting of ministers in its history by number of participating countries.

The main topic for this year’s forum was “How to feed the world in times of pandemics and climate change?”

„The topics discussed in the meeting are extremely important, as the world cannot allow for this health crisis to turn into a food crisis. Countries must act together, just as they’ve done in tackling the pandemic,” Minister of Rural Affairs Arvo Aller stated.

The key issues of the meeting were the continuation of international food trade consistent with WTO rules; strengthening cooperation across the health, agricultural, veterinary and environmental sectors; mitigating climate change; reducing food loss; and the implementation of new technologies and innovation in agriculture.

“The world is in a situation, where hunger is an increasing problem. An estimated two billion people do not have regular access to adequate food, while three billion people cannot afford even the cheapest healthy diet. At the same time, obesity and diet-related illnesses are also increasing. These are the biggest challenges we are facing and require a broad-based societal commitment to solve in light of the pandemic and climate change.”, Minister Aller noted.

The results of the GFFA will be integrated into the current United Nations discussions on food systems and, in particular, into the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit to be held in September.

Minister Arvo Aller recorded a video address for the high-level meeting, which has been uploaded to the website of the forum: https://www.gffa-berlin.de/en/agrarministerkonferenz-gffa-2021/

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