GERMANY, Wednesday, January 13, 2016 – Zambia Agriculture Minister Hon. Given Lubinda, is expected to arrive in Berlin today, 13th January, 2016 to attend the 8th Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) and 5th AGCO Africa Summit commencing on 14th January, 2016 and 18th January, 2016 respectively He will be accompanied by senior officials at the Ministry of Agriculture.
On the side-lines of the GFFA Forum, the Agriculture Minister, on behalf of the Zambian government is expected to sign a Joint Declaration of Intent on Cooperation in the fields of Agriculture and Food with his counterpart, the Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, Hon. Christian Schmidt signing on behalf of the Federal government of Germany.
The Joint Declaration of intent to be signed on Monday 18th January 2016 is a continuation of the commitment to the Germany-Zambian Agricultural Knowledge and the Training Centre (AKTC) and a further step with a view to promoting climate smart agriculture in the field of Agro-forestry.
The Minister will later participate on a panel discussion at the 5th AGCO Africa Summit along with the Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, Hon. Christian Schmidt under the topic ‘Rising to the challenge. Sitting Policy Frameworks to Promote Sustainable Agriculture Enterprise’
The 5th AGCO to be held under the theme ‘Agribusiness in Africa – Inclusive and sustainable Growth’ will bring together more than 250 farmers, agribusiness leaders, financers, former heads of state and other innovators with an eye on Africa.
The Honourable Minister is also scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with the Czech Agriculture Minister Hon. Marian Jurecka as well as the new Polish Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Hon. Krzyzstof Juriel.
The Ministers’ six-day programme includes participation both in International GFFA and Business Panel Discussions, and the Agriculture Ministers’ Summit
During the 8th Berlin Agriculture Ministers’ Summit, Hon. Lubinda will be among other Ministers of Agriculture from over 80 different states who will convene for a closed-door session in the Weltsaal of the Federal Foreign Office where a final communique representing the common position of the Ministers will be incorporated into on-going international discourse on agricultural policy.
The Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) organised by the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMEL), is an international conference that focuses on central questions concerning the future of the global Agri-food industry. The forum which is held annually draws participants from civil society, the scientific and business community.
This year forum has will be attended by over 80 Ministers from around the world.
The Minister with the rest of delegation are scheduled to return to Lusaka on 20th January, 2016.