The BvAT ED attends Berlin International Green Week

The Biovision Africa Trust executive director, Dr. David Amudavi, was among thousands of participants from different countries and across different sectors that attended the Berlin International Green Week (IGW), supported by BMZ. The event took place from 18th to 27th January 2019 in Berlin, Germany.

Founded in Berlin in the Golden 20s (1926), IGW is a one-of-a-kind international exhibition of the food, agriculture and gardening industries. IGW is the origin of the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA). This is where over 80 international ministries and food producers meet – their displays reveal the fascinating world of the food and beverage industries.

Dr. Amudavi attended this event courtesy of the BMZ support. The event brought together;

  1. Over 1,700 exhibitors with over 100,000 products from all over the world.
  2. 300 technical conferences.
  3. Food industry representatives, wholesalers, retailers, caterers.
  4. Agricultural importers.
  5. International specialists from all fields of agriculture, forestry, horticulture and commercial fishing.
  6. Agricultural policy and administration experts.

During his participation in the event, Dr. Amudavi had positive interactions with the Parliamentary State Secretary Dr. Maria Flachsbarth, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and made invaluable contributions to the BMZ’s event on Organic farming in Africa: Ensuring the sustainability of agriculture. The State Secretary underscored the need to achieve sustainable development through organic agriculture. Dr. Amudavi used the opportunity to brief the participants about the Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) Initiative implemented in 8 countries in Africa supported by the African Union, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC) and thanked the German Government for supporting the new project for establishing a Knowledge Hub for Organic Agriculture in Eastern Africa, which will leverage on the EOA Initiative.

He assured the Parliamentary State Secretary of BvAT’s collaboration with GIZ to make the project a success. Before the panel of three speakers consisting of Dr. Maria Flachsbarth, Steffen Reese of Naturland and Dr. Amudavi shared a short video below on organic agriculture in Africa produced by IFOAM based on work by Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT) Morogoro, Tanzania:

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