Diplomatic representatives in the Federal Republic of Germany, including senior Sierra Leonean diplomats, were last Thursday called in for briefing ahead of the start of a three-day Green Week Global Forum for Food and Agriculture 2019, and also taken on a conducted tour of the venue where the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture shall be hosting the event.
Sierra Leone is to be fully represented at the level of the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Mr. Joseph Ndanema who will be leading a five member delegation to attend the conference to be officially opened by German Chancellor, Angela Merkel.
Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to Germany, Dr. M’baimba Baryoh says digitalization, the key focus of the meeting, is gradually taking over formal method of doing agriculture by providing food sufficiency to meet the increasing demand of production in the face of rise in world population. He added that the conference is aimed at showcasing the need for digitalisation of food production and how Sierra Leone will benefit from it.
The 11th Berlin Agriculture Ministers’ Conference is the political highlight of the GFFA and the largest meeting of agriculture ministers throughout the world and it has established itself as an important international key event at the beginning of each year. It unites political decision makers from all continents to discuss the key topic of the GFFA. A final communique of the summit formulates the common position of the agriculture ministers and is fed into international discussions on agriculture policy.
For the first time, Federal Chancellor, Angela Merkel will speak to the Agriculture Ministers of up to seventy countries at the GFFA. She will deliver a speech on the significance of digital technologies for the future of farming at 3;30pm on 18th January 2019.
“The agriculture sector is faced with huge challenges due to significant rise in the world population and the corresponding increase in food. The global food situation is compounded by the importation of climate change and the ongoing competitions over ever scarcer resources such as soil, water, energy and bio diversity” says Julia Klockner, Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture.