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Farm & Food 4.0

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Now that the ideas competition Bodenschmiede has been successfully concluded, Farm & Food is continuing to work on expanding its network: In order to do justice to the ideas submitted and to its own claim to facilitate a constant transfer of knowledge between the stakeholders in the Farm to Fork chain. Farm & Food is now cooperating with the Soest Campus of the University of Applied Sciences Südwestfalen in a research project on start-ups in agriculture.

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For thousands of years, plant breeding has concentrated on annual plant cultures. The cultivation of corn, wheat and rice spread all over the world. Everywhere the rhythm of agriculture developed in the same way, sowing begins in spring and the harvest takes place in autumn. However, this is not the rhythm dictated by nature. The majority of wild plants are perennial, they are responsible for a functioning ecosystem and with their root system and biomass they provide stability and diversity in nature. Perennial plants are therefore the focus of science and agriculture.

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The fifth Farm & Food on 20.01.2020 was sold out – and a huge success. More than 500 guests from agriculture, industry, politics, science, food production and the startup scene accepted the invitation of Farm & Food. Impressions of the congress, voices and reports can be found here.

Review 2020

From farm to fork, new networks are emerging, distances are becoming shorter, supply chains more flexible and food products more traceable. The food market of the future is decentralised and functions as a digital network that brings consumers and producers closer together again, as the "point of production" moves ever closer to the "point of consumption". At the same time, new digital instruments allow modern forms of cooperation.

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In the panel on alternative proteins, Gertenbach and Spears were among those discussing this topic with Dr. Hans Wilhelm Windhorst (WING). According to Spears, the greatest challenge in the "laboratory production" of meat is the reduction of production costs. In order to be able to produce in series for the market, the raw materials would have to become significantly cheaper. In Germany, on the other hand, there is less willingness to take risks and invest in startups, said Gertenbach. Unlike in the USA, financing is a difficult issue.

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FARM & FOOD Congress and Network

Thinking ahead


Farm & Food is an international congress, network and platform for innovations along the value chain from field to plate. We make the most important job in the world fit for the future: The production of our food. Farm & Food networks the most innovative heads, the masterminds and stars of the food value chain. Together we think ahead, look beyond the horizon and identify trends, innovations and solutions for tomorrow’s food production.

Since 2016, more than 400 decision-makers from agribusiness, the food industry, start-ups, science and politics have been meeting in Berlin every year to jointly develop solutions for a sustainable AgriFood system. Together we identify the innovations that will ensure healthy and environmentally friendly food for the consumers of today and future generations.

In view of the exceptional global situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Farm & Food Congress will not be held in January 2021. However, in line with our focus #FromFarmtoFork, we will continue to address the important questions and topics along the value chain and create new formats for joint forward thinking.

Farm & Food is a project of the dbv network ltd.



Exclusive Meetings, Young Innovators: Farm & Food is the platform for exchange, brainstorming and matchmaking in AgTech and food production. We bring together farmers, industry, politics, start-ups and science.


Workshops and roundtables make the expertise of our participants the basis of our work, even if the Farm & Food conference does not take place analogously.


Whether it’s research, technical expertise or scene experts: Farm & Food collects, bundles, evaluates and communicates knowledge from the large field of agriculture.


Who are tomorrow’s creative minds? Which app do farmers definitely not need? Our aim is to provide well-founded information and evaluation.


Bringing value back to where it comes from: to the field, to the stable. Innovation and suitability for the future are the relevant criteria in this line of work.


Which startup solves which problem? Which farmer has this problem? Which investor is interested in this problem? Farm & Food has the answers.

These are the topics we find particularly exciting:

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