Agricultural Giants Russia and China – Their Roles in Global Food Security

To ensure food security for a growing world population is one of the main challenges of the 21st century. Which role the “agricultural giants” China and Russia could and should thereby play, is subject of a symposium hosted by Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Central and Eastern Europa (IAMO) at the Green Week 2011. The event titled “Agricultural Giants Russia and China – Their Role in Global Food Security” takes place on 21 January 2011, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) in the ICC Berlin.

In the future, China and Russia will play an important role for the development of the world’s agricultural markets and global food security – on the supply and as well on the demand side. What is the current state of the agricultural sectors in China and Russia? What steps must be taken to exploit unused production potentials? What challenges are the rural areas of these countries facing? These and other question will be discussed at the symposium.

First, Thomas Glauben, Managing Director of the IAMO and Head of the Department Agricultural Markets, Marketing and World Agricultural Trade, will welcome the audience with an opening speech and a short introduction to the subject matter. Afterwards, William Liefert, Senior Agricultural Economist with the Market and Trade Economics Division of the Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, will talk about Russia’s rising importance for world agriculture. Russia has become a major grain, and especially wheat, exporter. The U.S. Department of Agriculture projects that by 2019 Russia could surpass the United States as the world’s top exporter of wheat. Klaus Supp, from 2006 to 2010 Head of the Division for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection of the German Embassy in Peking will examine the situation of the Chinese agriculture. He reports on the development of agrarian production and rural economy between economic boom, scarce resources, and political pluralisation. Jürgen Zeddies, Emeritus Professor of the Institute of Farm Management, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, discusses central problems and development potentials of the agriculture in these countries, and draws consequences on which actions should be taken next. Afterwards there will be a panel discussion with the speakers. The audience will be given the opportunity to ask questions.

Speeches will be held in German and English, simultaneous translation is available. Participation is free, the ICC is accessible without pass for the Green Week. However, previous registration on the website of the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture is necessary. Attached to this press release you find an agenda and furher information about the speakers.

The Global Forum for Food and Agriculture is hosted by the German Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection in collaboration with partners from industry, business, science, and politics. In 2011, the major theme of the GFFA will be “Trade and Global Food Security: Global – Regional – Local”.

In addition to the symposium, the IAMO will run a booth at the “Cooperation Market” of the GFFA.

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