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GFFA panel discussion “How to better cope with change: New approaches for food system resilience to pandemic and climatic shocks”

Within the framework of the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA), IAMO in cooperation with the German Agribusiness Alliance (GAA) organise a virtual panel discussion. This online event will take place on 22 January 2021 from 10:30 to 11:30 am (CET).

The COVID-19 pandemic revealed to many national economies the limits of their productive capacity and ability to function: infection hotspots in staff-intensive branches of production, production downtime due to quarantine, disrupted supply chains. All this on top of climate change, which is already posing an enormous challenge to agricultural supply chains: fluctuating precipitation levels, rising temperatures and changes in soil have been hampering agricultural production for some time and are causing growing unpredictability for producers and consumers.

What agricultural strategies are the economies of Central Asia, Eastern Europe and Asia pursuing in times of climate change and pandemics? What innovations are looking promising? What technologies can help to make production systems and agrarian value chains more resilient – both now and in future?

Representatives from politics, industry and science will discuss approaches to ensuring food security under the conditions of climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic from the perspective of producers and consumers and will present best practice examples from the international agrarian production and supply chain. Simultaneous interpretation in German and English language will be provided. The expert panel will be followed by a “deep dive” from 11:30 am to 12:00 pm (CET).

Please find the recording of panel discussion (Expert Panel 17 GAA/IAMO) here:


Panel guests
Dr. Daniel Müller, Deputy Head of Department Structural Change, IAMO
Taras Kachka, Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine
Dr. Thomas Kirchberg, Member of Executive Board, Südzucker AG
Michael Wironen, TNCs Center for Sustainability Science, The Nature Conservancy

Julia Harnal, Co-Chair German Agribusiness Alliance

13th Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA)
“How to Feed the World in Times of Pandemics and Climate Change?”

18 - 22 January 2021 ǀ Live stream:


Daniela Schimming

Daniela Schimming

Public Relations
Room: 211

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Prof. Dr. Daniel Müller

Prof. Dr. Daniel Müller

Deputy Head of Department Structural Change
Ombudsperson for Good Scientific Practice
Room: 239

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