- May 08, 2023
- May 08, 2023
On May 8, 2023, participants of the U.S.-German Forum Future Agriculture met for a virtual workshop on transatlantic collaboration for a sustainable and climate-smart agriculture. Participants were joined by two guest experts: Joseph Glauber, Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Prof. Dr. Christine Wieck, Professor for Agricultural and Food Policy at the University of Hohenheim. Together, participants and speakers explored the the common goals that the U.S. and Europe share regarding agriculture, existing barriers to deepened cooperation, and potential areas for greater collaboration to promote global food security and more sustainable, climate-smart food production. The project brings together eight German and U.S. farmers and other agricultural stakeholders to promote innovative solutions for a sustainable future for agriculture and rural areas. The project also aims to strengthen the transatlantic relationship through collaborative exchanges in rural areas and the agricultural sector as a whole. The first cohort involves participants working in arable agriculture in eastern Germany and the Corn Belt in the U.S. Midwest. In addition to virtual meetings, this year’s cohort will meet in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, June 27-July 1, 2023. At this meeting, participants will discuss solutions for practice and policy and transatlantic collaboration opportunities, tour best practices on the ground, and engage with local representatives from government, business, and academia. The project is supported by the Transatlantic Program of the Federal Republic of Germany with funds from the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK).