The Forum for the Future of Agriculture 2018 convenes today with a call for action by all stakeholders and society at large to work together in order to deliver real-world solutions for a healthy future through healthy farming practices and healthy food production.
The Forum brings together leaders from politics, industry, and society, who will highlight the importance of biodiversity for healthy food production, will present emerging farming technologies and best practices in artificial intelligence and sustainable forest management among others, as well as consider options on how to reduce food waste.
"I know that this is a conference on #agriculture but we have all heard the phrase "give a man a fish, feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime." In my experience, the saying should be "teach a woman to fish, or to farm, and everybody eats"."— Noor Al Hussein (@QueenNoor) March 27, 2018
FFA2018 comes at a time when real-world action is needed to put the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into practice and a new cycle of reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is starting to take shape. This is coupled with growing public interest in farming practices, along with increased environmental awareness and health consciousness related to food consumption.
Janez Potočnik, Chairman FFA2018 expressed, "We need inspired leadership to achieve a healthy future, transform our farm and economic models and create real change on the ground that will meet the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. All of us, from farmers to consumers, politicians to business leaders, need to be part of a positive disruption in our thinking and actions leading to food and environmental security."
The Forum, with its 1,200 participants, has over the past ten years become Europe's largest agricultural conference, tackling important challenges and becoming an advocate for the urgent need of government, business and farmers to do more in order to address common challenges.
Queen Noor Al Hussein, Syrian-American queen dowager of Jordan said, "I believe that we must bring urgency to our actions today. The interconnected nature of climate change and poor resource management crises with food security and, as a result, overall human security are having profound international consequences right now."
The Forum for the Future of Agriculture (FFA) has been contributing to the debate on agriculture and the environment in Brussels since 2008. The FFA is now firmly established as the premier event where agriculture and environment meet each year for an open dialogue.