Minister of State Böhmer opened the 9th Berlin Agriculture Ministers’ Conference in the Weltsaal of the Federal Foreign Office on 21 January together with Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture Schmidt.
The Agriculture Ministers’ Conference is the most important element of the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA). Taking place annually at the International Green Week in Berlin, it is an international conference that focuses on central questions concerning the future of the global agri-food industry. The GFFA 2017 was entitled “Agriculture and Water – Key to Feeding the World”.
Minister of State Böhmer issued the following statement on the conference: “Around 700 million people around the world still do not have access to clean drinking water – with catastrophic impacts on health. Only its sustainable use will ensure long-term food security, which also helps to prevent conflicts over water.”
“Conflicts over water have already begun”
Böhmer said that conflicts over water had already begun and that this was increasingly giving rise to regional and international conflicts. This posed a particular challenge for foreign policy: “With this in mind, we are working to promote dialogue processes between neighbouring countries in order to build trust. The focus of today’s conference is therefore on how we can safeguard the sustainable and diverse production of food to feed a growing world population as well as tackle water crises.”