Science for the society - How to secure food in a sustainable way
World Food Convention, June 24th, 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. CEST
"What this conference helps to do, is synthetize, the people, the leaders around the world. These are real problems and you must adress them."
David Beasley (World Food Programme), 2019
"The conference is an absolute success."
Julia Klöckner (Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture), 2019
"To create a world without hunger is possible."
Dr. Gerd Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, 2018
“This conference is a great opportunity to work with people with great ideas.”
Dr Maria Andrade, International Potato Center Mozambique, 2017

Welcome to the World Food Convention 2021

June 24th from 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. CEST

"Science for the society – How to secure food in a sustainable way"

The global society is facing major challenges. The growing population of the planet must be fed in a fair and sustainable manner. Producing enough food causes new, different problems which harm the climate. On top of that, the COVID-19 pandemic endangers the security of food production and the stability of supply chains, threatening food safety.

Against this backdrop, scientific institutions as well as companies from both the old and the new economy are searching for ways to cope with these challenges. At our 5th World Food Convention, we invite the leading minds from science, politics and the economy to discuss how food security can be ensured all over the planet without further exacerbating climate change, and to find strategies to address these issues with regard to possible future pandemics.

The focus will not only be on the technological and technical aspects of food production and distribution but also on related ethical questions and political considerations.

Are you running a sucessful start-up in the food sector? Don´t miss to present your ideas at the World Food Convention 2021! Klick here to get a closer look on your possibility.

Due to the pandemic situation, the conference will take place virtually on June 24th from 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. CEST and can be followed live worldwide. 

Start-Up Pitch

Don´t miss this year´s Start-Up Pitch!
If you have a start-up in the field of nutrition, we would be pleased if you participated in our Start-Up Pitch. Here, innovative companies from the nutrition or agricultural sector can present their ideas and work. 

Topics of the World Food Convention 2021

June 24th, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. CEST

“Science for the society – How to secure food in a sustainable way”

According to the UN, 690 million people (almost ten percent of the world’s population) have suffered from chronic hunger in 2019. The UN estimates that the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic added between 83 and 132 million people to that number in 2020. People in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean are most affected by malnutrition.Free access to sufficient food and drinking water for everyone is one of the most important prerequisites to a dignified coexistence in a global society. The objective is to provide the entire global population with sufficient, safe and healthy food.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by the United Nations proposes a global rethink of poverty and hunger eradication and draws a line: end poverty and hunger within 15 years.

For this, a more coordinated and targeted policy is needed as the momentum of the agenda increases.

With the BMZ special initiative “A World Without Hunger,” German development cooperation is providing an impetus worldwide and contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

At our World Food Convention we discuss strategies for global food security. Ethical, political and regulatory aspects such as supply chains and the pricing of food are going to play an important role.

The objective of the program is to make food systems fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly. Food systems cannot be resilient to crises such as the Covid-19 pandemic if they are not sustainable. The Farm to Fork Initiative within the European Commission demands to redesign our food systems which today account for nearly one-third of global GHG emissions, consume large amounts of natural resources, result in biodiversity loss and negative health impacts (due to both under- and over-nutrition) and do not allow fair economic returns and livelihoods for all actors, in particular for primary producers.

Making food systems more sustainable brings new opportunities for operators in the food value chain.

We will discuss with experts from politics and science which political measures and investments in new technologies are made to this end.

The CRISPR /CASv9 Method developed by Professor Emmanuelle Charpentier and Professor Jennifer Doudna was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2020. It offers completely new potential in plant cultivation and animal rearing and can therefore contribute to the food supply of the world population. For example, this method can be used to strengthen the immune system of plants and animals. The method is simple, efficient and flexible to use, but its approval is regulated very differently internationally. We will discuss the following questions: What is the state of research in the field of genome editing and how can we make use of this topic?

Carbon markets facilitate the most efficient possible implementation of climate action. Market-based climate instruments create incentives so that greenhouse gas emissions are reduced first in sectors where reduction is most cost-effective. This is why the German government supports the gradual development of a global carbon market.

After immersing into the agricultural policy in the EU with experts from the Farm to Fork initiative, we will put a more global focus on carbon farming during another discussion round.

What alternatives are there to conventional nutrition and how can the cultivation of enough food in a limited space be optimized? What new achievements and revolutionary approaches can be found worldwide in this field? We present start-ups and their ideas for the needs of local communities and discuss the areas in which research is currently being carried out.


Due to the pandemic situation, the conference will take place virtually on June 24th from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. CEST and can be followed live worldwide. 

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Start-Up Pitch 2021

How to participate in the World Food Convention as a Start-Up

Is your project ready for the big stage?

Are you running a successful, innovative start-up in the novel food sector and contributing your ideas to securing the world’s food supply, or have you developed alternative methods of farming that have a positive impact on climate change and food security?

At this year’s World Food Convention – Digital Edition, international, high-ranking speakers from science, business, politics and society will address the topic of securing the world’s food supply.

For information on how to participate in the Start-Up Pitch, please click here.

Your benefits as participant of this years Start-Up Pitch

  • International audience from the field of nutrition
  • Increase in awareness-> the convention is broadcasted worldwide
  • Virtual presentation at the most important German congress on world nutrition
  • Live presentation at the World Food Convention
  • As a participant in the Start-Up Pitch, you are automatically registered as a participant for the convention

The winner receives:

  • 10-minute fireside chat with the host
  • Video recording of the Fireside Chat for later marketing purposes