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| Press Release 01/2024

Global food security and agricultural production of the future in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

On 19 January 2024, IAMO together with the German Agribusiness Alliance (GAA) organises a panel discussion entitled “Sovereign, resilient, sustainable. World food and agricultural production of the future on the Eurasian continent”. The expert panel will take place as part of the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) in the CityCube Berlin, Germany.

Pandemic, climate crisis, port blockades: Predictability in agricultural production - and thus, food security worldwide - is of outmost importance against the backdrop of ongoing global crises. Countries with great agricultural potential are challenged to produce reliably in the future, to ensure the supply of their own population and, at the same time, to close international supply gaps with exports.

Solutions that support farmers in producing in an ecologically and economically sustainable manner, are becoming increasingly important. For example, modern agritechnologies can help to reduce impact on soil and carbon capture capacities and thus support sound strategic decisions for cultivation.

Against the backdrop of the changing and perpetuating crises, high-ranking representatives from business, politics and science will discuss central questions: How can national economies shape their agricultural economies so that they produce sustainably and as independently as possible from external factors? Which agricultural policy measures promise lasting success? Which concepts reduce susceptibility to crises, where does exchange make sense? And what form can international cooperation take that promotes sovereign agricultural production while ensuring that farmers benefit?


Franziska Appel, Keynote-Speaker
Research assistant and head of junior research group / IAMO

Dirk Stratmann, Facilitator
Country spokesman for Ukraine and Central Asia / German Agribusiness Alliance

Mykola Solskyi, Panellist
Minister / Ministry for Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine

Cornelia Horsch Panellist
Managing Director / Horsch Maschinen GmbH

Aidarbek Saparov Panellist
Minister / Ministry for Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Anastasiia Bilych Panellist
Chief Marketing officer / Arnika Organic Kyiv

The panel discussion will take place on 19 January 2024 from 9:30 to 11:00 am (CET), CityCube Berlin (M2 – M3). The conference languages are German, English, Russian and Ukrainian.

The GFFA expert panel will take place in cooperation with the German Eastern Business Association.

Online registration is possible on the following website: Furthermore, a live stream in German and English will also be available on the website.

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About GFFA

The 16th Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) entitled “Food Systems for Our Future: Joining Forces for a Zero Hunger World!” will be held from 17 to 20 January 2024 in Berlin. The GFFA is an international conference on agri-food policy issues. It is organised by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) in cooperation with the Senate of Berlin and Messe Berlin GmbH. General information on the GFFA 2024 can be found on the conference website:

About IAMO

The Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO) analyses economic, social and political processes of change in the agricultural and food sector, and in rural areas. The geographic focus covers the enlarging EU, transition regions of Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe, as well as Central and Eastern Asia. IAMO works to enhance the understanding of institutional, structural and technological changes. Moreover, IAMO studies the resulting impacts on the agricultural and food sector as well as the living conditions of rural populations. The outcomes of our work are used to derive and analyse strategies and options for enterprises, agricultural markets and politics. Since its founding in 1994, IAMO has been part of the Leibniz Association, a German community of independent research institutes.

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