Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Sustainable Water use in Agriculture in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

19.01.2017

Expert panel at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture in Berlin

As water scarcity increases, one of the major global challenges today is finding a way to sustainably use this vital resource, particularly in agriculture. Seventy percent of the fresh water used worldwide is used for the production of agricultural commodities.

In order to ensure that water remains accessible to agriculture and to guarantee food supplies for the growing world population, there is a need for targeted measures towards maintaining water quality and ensuring efficient water supply in agriculture. The Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA), held during the International Green Week in Berlin from 19 to 20 January 2017, will address these issues.

The conference will serve as a platform for academic exchange between key figures from politics, economics, science and civil society and is intended to generate new ideas for future developments in the area of “Agriculture and Water” on an international level.

In cooperation with the German Agribusiness Alliance of the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations (OA), IAMO will organize an expert panel under the title “Everything flows? Water as decisive factor for agriculture in Eastern Europe and Central Asia” on 19 January 2017.

The invited panelists will discuss key issues involved in maintaining a sustainable supply of water to agriculturally used land in the region. Technical solutions and political requirements will be taken into account during discussions on various approaches towards an efficient use of water as well as the development and intensification of agricultural economics in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

IAMO director, Professor Alfons Balmann, and State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), Hermann Onko Aeikens, will launch the panel discussion. Dieter Gerten, Professor for Global Change Climatology and Hydrology at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Coordinator Earth Modelling at Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), will begin with a keynote speech on the fundamental questions surrounding future water supply.

In the subsequent panel discussion, Dr. Olga Trofimzewa, Vice Minister of Agricultural Policy and Food in Ukraine, and Askar M. Nametov, Chairman of board of the National Agricultural Research & Education Center Kazakhstan, will present the prospects for sustainable water use in their respective countries. Professor Hans-Georg Frede, former chair of the Institute of Landscape Ecology and Resources Management at the University of Gießen and expert on water use at the German Agricultural Society (DLG), will discuss technical solutions for improved water supply in agriculture. The event will be hosted by Torsten Spill, co-chair of the task force Agricultural Economy of the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations (OA).

Further information on the expert panel can be found here: www.iamo.de/en/events/current-events


About GFFA

The Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) 2017 entitled “Agriculture and Water - Key to Feeding the World” will be held in Berlin, Germany, from 19 to 21 January 2017. It is organized by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) in cooperation with GFFA Berlin e.V., the Senate of Berlin and Messe Berlin GmbH. General information on the GFFA 2017 can be found on the conference website: www.gffa-berlin.de/en.

About IAMO

The Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO) analyses economic, social and political processes of change in the agricultural and food sector, and in rural areas. The geographic focus covers the enlarging EU, transition regions of Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe, as well as Central and Eastern Asia. IAMO works to enhance the understanding of institutional, structural and technological changes. Moreover, IAMO studies the resulting impacts on the agricultural and food sector as well as the living conditions of rural populations. The outcomes of our work are used to derive and analyze strategies and options for enterprises, agricultural markets and politics. Since its founding in 1994, IAMO has been part of the Leibniz Association, a German community of independent research institutes.

Contact

Daniela Schimming
Public Relations
Tel.: +49 345 2928-330
Fax: +49 345 2928-499
presse@iamo.de
www.iamo.de/en

Weitere Informationen:

https://www.iamo.de/en/press/press-releases/article/sustainable-water-use-in-agr...

Daniela Schimming | idw - Informationsdienst Wissenschaft

More articles from Event News:

nachricht Within reach of the Universe
08.08.2018 | Zentrum für angewandte Raumfahrttechnologie und Mikrogravitation (ZARM)

nachricht A journey through the history of microscopy – new exhibition opens at the MDC
27.07.2018 | Max-Delbrück-Centrum für Molekulare Medizin in der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft

All articles from Event News >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Unraveling the nature of 'whistlers' from space in the lab

A new study sheds light on how ultralow frequency radio waves and plasmas interact

Scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles present new research on a curious cosmic phenomenon known as "whistlers" -- very low frequency packets...

Im Focus: New interactive machine learning tool makes car designs more aerodynamic

Scientists develop first tool to use machine learning methods to compute flow around interactively designable 3D objects. Tool will be presented at this year’s prestigious SIGGRAPH conference.

When engineers or designers want to test the aerodynamic properties of the newly designed shape of a car, airplane, or other object, they would normally model...

Im Focus: Robots as 'pump attendants': TU Graz develops robot-controlled rapid charging system for e-vehicles

Researchers from TU Graz and their industry partners have unveiled a world first: the prototype of a robot-controlled, high-speed combined charging system (CCS) for electric vehicles that enables series charging of cars in various parking positions.

Global demand for electric vehicles is forecast to rise sharply: by 2025, the number of new vehicle registrations is expected to reach 25 million per year....

Im Focus: The “TRiC” to folding actin

Proteins must be folded correctly to fulfill their molecular functions in cells. Molecular assistants called chaperones help proteins exploit their inbuilt folding potential and reach the correct three-dimensional structure. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry (MPIB) have demonstrated that actin, the most abundant protein in higher developed cells, does not have the inbuilt potential to fold and instead requires special assistance to fold into its active state. The chaperone TRiC uses a previously undescribed mechanism to perform actin folding. The study was recently published in the journal Cell.

Actin is the most abundant protein in highly developed cells and has diverse functions in processes like cell stabilization, cell division and muscle...

Im Focus: Lining up surprising behaviors of superconductor with one of the world's strongest magnets

Scientists have discovered that the electrical resistance of a copper-oxide compound depends on the magnetic field in a very unusual way -- a finding that could help direct the search for materials that can perfectly conduct electricity at room temperatur

What happens when really powerful magnets--capable of producing magnetic fields nearly two million times stronger than Earth's--are applied to materials that...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

VideoLinks
Industry & Economy
Event News

Within reach of the Universe

08.08.2018 | Event News

A journey through the history of microscopy – new exhibition opens at the MDC

27.07.2018 | Event News

2018 Work Research Conference

25.07.2018 | Event News

 
Latest News

Staying in Shape

16.08.2018 | Life Sciences

Diving robots find Antarctic seas exhale surprising amounts of carbon dioxide in winter

16.08.2018 | Earth Sciences

Protein droplets keep neurons at the ready and immune system in balance

16.08.2018 | Life Sciences

VideoLinks
Science & Research
Overview of more VideoLinks >>>