AFC Team at GFFA 2016
The Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) is an international conference that focuses on central questions concerning the future of the global agri-food industry. It gives representatives from the worlds of politics, business, science and civil society an opportunity to share ideas and enhance understanding on a selected topic of current agricultural policy.
The GFFA 2016 was held on the subject: "How to feed our cities? - Agriculture and rural areas in an era of urbanisation" in Berlin from 14 – 16 January 2016.
AFC presented selected projects and gave an overview about the activities of the GOPA Group during the Cooperation Market on 16 January 2016 on their fair stand. The AFC team consisted of five representatives from our headquarters in Bonn and six long term experts from on-going projects. Thus, we were well prepared to hold interesting discussions with our visitors mainly related to our projects in the field of “Demonstration Farms and Policy Advice” currently implemented on behalf of the German Ministry of Agriculture in China, Morocco, Sambia and Ukraine.
Furthermore we focused on the exchange of information related to projects under the SEWOH initiative (Sonderinitiative Eine Welt ohne Hunger) of the BMZ. In this framework, AFC has been contracted to implemented components of “Green Innovation Centres” in India, Mali, Nigeria and Ghana.
In close cooperation with our partner DLG International we were very pleased to welcome the Minister of Agriculture from Morocco and the Minister of Agriculture from Zambia at our fair stand. Discussions focused on agricultural development and concepts for agri-finance.
A special pleasure has been the contract signature of Phase II of the German-Moroccan Excellence Centre for Agriculture, financed under the BMEL Economic Partnership Programme. Partners are the German Ministry of Food and Agriculture, the Moroccan Ministry of Agriculture, German manufactures of agricultural machinery, seeds, chemicals etc. AFC will continue to support the development of this German-Moroccan training centre for crop and cattle production, which started back in 2012. For more information please see here
The GFFA will remain important for the agricultural sector and thus for AFC in the coming years.