【DE】#ichwillfair: Federal Ministry of Development shows at the International Green Week how a life without hunger can succeed

The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) will also be at the International Green Week (20th – 29th January) represented. In Hall 10.2, the BMZ shows how the challenges of the global food crisis can be mastered and how a life without hunger can be achieved worldwide: For example, through alternative cultivation methods or fair value chains.


Visitors experience how their consumption and trade can influence the entire value chain of cocoa or coffee. The BMZ sets out what strategic framework conditions it sets and with which measures producers in their countries can receive a fair income and work under livable conditions. The motto #ichwillfair underlines the importance of fair trade and sustainably designed supply chains and what each and every individual can contribute to it.


On the first three days of the International Green Week, the BMZ offers a comprehensive stage program: Development Minister Svenja Schulze opens on Friday, the 20th. January, the BMZ stand and discusses the current food crisis with representatives of the Alliance for Global Food Security. She also talks to a representative of the Rwandan women’s coffee cooperative Angelique’s Finest about gender equality. State Secretary Flasbarth talks about the transformation of agricultural and food systems and alternative cultivation methods. In addition to the content-related program items, guests can expect live music from various bands on the first weekend.


A culinary experience at the BMZ stand is the tasting of insects: As a protein-rich superfood, they can make an important contribution to reducing hunger in the world.


During the school program of the Federal Ministry of Development at the International Green Week, pupils get to know the background to the production of cocoa, coffee and soy and learn what a contribution to better working conditions among local producers looks like. Even outside the school program, interested children and families can discover the program at the stand and go through it in an interactive format.


As a partner of the Ministry of Development, the aid organizations “Bread for the World” and “Misereor” are on site with their own exhibition stands and help shape the joint school program. They give an insight into global development work and provide information on climate protection, superfoods and water, among other things.


In addition, the BMZ promotes the exportability of African small businesses and gives an insight into their work and offer: 12 entrepreneurs from various African countries, including Algeria, Rwanda or Senegal, present their products. These include spices, couscous and sweet potato snacks, but also chocolate, coffee and cosmetics. These companies have prevailed in a competition with their ideas. You will gain trade fair experience in Germany at the International Green Week and make contacts.

Note on the ticket shop and accreditation:


Tickets for the International Green Week are only available here in the online ticket shop this year. Registration is only possible online. There will be no on-site accreditation.


About the International Green Week

The International Green Week Berlin is one of the most traditional trade fairs in Germany and one of the best-known events in Germany. Founded in 1926 in Berlin in the Golden Twenties, it is unique as the leading international trade fair for food, agriculture and horticulture. Exhibitors from all over the world present an extensive range of products on ten days of events. In addition, the IGW provides a stage for current social issues such as climate protection, circular economy, resource conservation and sustainable land use. From 20th to 29th January 2023, the 87th Edition of the Green Week. The IGW is the starting point for the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA for short). The GFFA is the leading international conference on central future issues of the global agriculture and food industry. The highlight is the meeting of over 70 agricultural ministers.


About Messe Berlin

Berlin has been a trade fair location for 200 years, one of the most important in the world for many decades. As a state-owned trade fair company, Messe Berlin designs, markets and organizes hundreds of live events every year. The aim is to be an outstanding host to visitors at all events, to give the best possible business impulses and to ensure fair conditions for everyone. This self-image is reflected in the company motto: Messe Berlin – Hosting the World.



The Federal Ministry of Development is present at the International Green Week with a stand, music and discussions on global food security. Photo: Messe Berlin



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