19 Jan 2017

International Green Week 2017: Where Tradition and Innovation meet

January 19, 2017 -The International Green Week Berlin 2017 (IGW) kicked off today. A total of 1,650 exhibitors from 66 countries will be inviting the public to experience their products, which also include luxury foods and beverages.

The IGW will provide an overview of the worldwide food industry as well as the largest range of regional specialities to be found at any trade show. In addition it offers a unique display by agriculture and horticulture along with numerous attractive shows dealing with specialist topics. Hungary is the partner country of the IGW 2017 and is taking part for the 45th time since 1972.  With its many exhibits aimed at the professionals, backed up by a programme of conferences, this event serves the entire agricultural sector as a source of information and contacts. All 118,000 square metres of available hall space at the Berlin ExpoCenter City, located around the city’s radio tower, the Funkturm, are occupied. Messe Berlin, the organisers, expect some 400,000 trade visitors and members of the public to attend the ten-day event.

Dr. Christian Göke, Chief Executive Officer of Messe Berlin GmbHs said "This year the Green Week will again fulfil this dual role. This is where tradition and innovation meet. The fascination exerted by the Green Week attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors and brings the representatives of international agribusiness to Berlin. It is this combination of a trade show and an event for the general public that has ensured the continued popularity of the Green Week since it its inception in 1926."

At the heart of the conference programme is the 9th Global Forum for Food and Agriculture 2017 (GFFA), from 19 to 21 January. Organised by the Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture, its keynote subject is ‘Agriculture and Water – the Key to Feeding the world’.

The world’s pre-eminent conference on agricultural policy, 70 ministers of agriculture and deputy ministers, leading representatives of agriculture and the food industry, as well as key international figures from politics, business, science and civil society, will be discussing some of the most pressing issues facing humankind. In addition, a meeting of the ministers of agriculture of the G20 nations will be taking place on 22 January in Berlin. In July, Germany will host the G20 summit, to be attended by the heads of state and of governments of the 20 leading industrial and emerging nations, who will be addressing various financial and economic questions. 

Joachim Rukwied, President of the German Farmers’ Union (DBV): ”German farmers contribute enormously to the country’s economy, rural areas and society. That is why farming is an industry of the future, even if the situation has been economically very difficult for farmers over the past two years. Since the turn of the year the agricultural markets have been showing signs of improvement, and that gives us cause for optimism. In any event, we are firmly committed to actively supporting our farmers. The main object is to make them more competitive, create better market conditions, to support a practical agricultural policy that is less bureaucratic, and to make further progress with livestock maintenance and crop cultivation. The conditions under which livestock are kept and their health are of particular concern to our farmers. Maintaining high standards for farming and food is the main challenge that farmers, consumers, traders and retailers must confront together and in a responsible manner. We, as farmers, look forward to a dialogue and are intent on shaping the future of agriculture. The International Green Week 2017 will provide us with answers and show the way forward."