Feeding the world is big business and the world’s biggest fair for the food and agriculture industry is underway in the German capital Berlin.
International Green Week features 1,600 exhibitors from 56 countries and 50 agriculture ministers are also there for a conference on food policy.
Germany’s agriculture minister Ilse Aigner said it is a world of contrasts: “Given the huge food variety displayed here we have to appreciate the true value of food. This is our responsibility and obligation, especially as there is not enough food in all parts of the world as we have been cruelly reminded in recent days by the disaster in Haiti.”
Haiti was the scene of food riots in 2008 during the food crisis when shortages caused prices to soar, a trend the UN says continued into last year.
Since then investment in agriculture has dramatically increased.
A main topic for the policy gathering of experts and politicians will be how the agriculture and food industry can respond to climate change which will particularly affect developing countries.