The international conference, chiefly organised by the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMEL) and held during International Green week, typically focuses on central questions concerning the future of the global agri-food industry. The forum 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.
“Agriculture Goes Digital – Smart Solutions for Future Farming” - this year's conference aimed to demonstrate that digital technologies can help feed the growing world population more effectively while better conserving the planet’s resources. “Every human being in the world has a right to food, because you cannot build a peaceful world on empty stomachs. However, there are many conflicting interests: By 2050, we will have to feed more than two billion more people, while our resources are becoming ever scarcer. Digitalisation can help in this regard! “said Federal Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner in her opening address.
According to Klöckner, digitalisation offers people good prospects, strengthens agriculture and rural areas and in this way combats the cause of migration. “We therefore intend to work together to find solutions in order to reduce the so-called digital divide and too improve access to digital technologies – for smallholders across the globe as well,” she said.