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The High Level Panel is organised by the European Commission, at the invitation of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture of Germany.
The aim of the high level panel is to discuss the importance of international agricultural trade and an integrated trade system for global food security. The discussion is of major relevance in the light of the sustainable development goals (SDG) of the United Nations, in particular SDG 2 - end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture - and SDG 12 - ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) the food trade balance has worsened in most African countries over the last decades and in particular basic food commodities such as cereals, dairy products, edible oils and fats as well as meat products are increasingly imported. With the African Union (AU) Malabo Declaration from June 2014, African countries committed to triple intra African trade by 2025. The African Free Trade Area is an ambitious project of the AU. If achieved, this may help to improve food security and contribute to the achievement of SDG 2 in Africa.
The focus of this panel will be on:
-agri-food trade with African countries,
-the importance trade has for agricultural development,
-the role of food security within African countries.
The exchange will have the format of a town-hall-debate led by selected agriculture ministers and experts. Questions and comments will be taken from the floor.
Friday 17 January 2020, 15.30 - 17.00 (CET)
CityCube Berlin, Hall A1, Level 1
English, French, German, Polish