This week: The Global Forum for Food and Agriculture: An Era of Urbanization
January 12, 2016
Nearly 1 billion people are farming in cities across the globe. But while 15-20 percent of the world’s food is currently coming from urban areas, migration of peoples to cities is increasing and could put a strain on the global food system. An agricultural policy is necessary to acknowledge this threat, which is what the Global Forum on Food and Agriculture (GFFA) hopes to accomplish by bringing together key international actors from politics, academic, and civil society to engage in discussion and enhance understanding.
Held for the eighth year in Berlin, from January 14th-16th, this year’s theme is “How to feed our cities?- Agriculture and rural areas in an era of urbanization” and is coinciding with International Green Week (IGW). Notable exhibitors include the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Global Crop Diversity Trust, and the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO).