Bangkok (Thailand) – Speakers from around the world will join the upcoming Global Feed & Food Congress (GFFC), which will take place in Bangkok from Monday 11 March to Wednesday 13 March 2019. The GFFC theme ‘the Future of Feed & Food – are we ready?’ examines the global challenge to provide safe, affordable, nutritious and sustainable animal protein sources through innovative solutions to feed 9 billion people by 2050.
Organized by the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) with technical support provided by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and in collaboration with VIV worldwide, the 6th GFFC is a global platform where top-echelon representatives of science and industry, governments and intergovernmental organizations will gather to discuss the main issues confronting the global chain from feed to food. Staging the 6th GFFC in Thailand places it at the heart of a fast-growing region for the feed and food sector, IFIF Chairman Daniel Barcovici points out. “The focus on the future of the feed to food chain is timely, given the imperative of finding innovative solutions to feed a growing world population.”
Dr. Sorravis Thaneto, Director-General of the Thai Ministry of Agriculture’s Department of Livestock Development will join Dr. Bercovici to open the Congress together with Dr. Berhe Tekola, Director of FAO’s Animal Production and Health Division and Pornsil Patchrintanakul, President of the Thai Feed Mill Association.
Details of the full programme can be found at www.gffc2019.com. A flavour of it comes from the plenary sessions on sustainability. Professor Ermias Kebreab of University of California-Davis will speak about how to reduce our global footprint and feed the world, followed by International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) director-general Dr. Jimmy Smith on the future of farming and food. Are insects the future? Tarique Arsiwalla, 1st Vice President of the International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed will look at the role of insects in sustainable agriculture.
Will the digital revolution change agriculture? David Hunt, CEO of Irish agricultural computer vision company Cainthus will provide his views, while Professor Daniel Berckmans of the University of Leuven in Belgium tackles the subject of precision livestock farming. Marieke de Ruyter de Wildt, Founder of The Fork, will explain how blockchain technology can accelerate food integrity.
A global leaders panel including Joe Stone, enterprise leader for Cargill Animal Nutrition, and Alltech CEO Dr. Mark Lyons will discuss the future of feed and food at the Wednesday 13 March closing session of the Congress.