AGCO Berlin Summit Focuses on Animal Welfare

AGCO's annual Berlin Summit brought together stakeholders in politics, economy and society to discuss their experiences around the theme "Feeding the World - The Future for Protein".

AGCO Berlin Summit
January 18, 2019 by AGCO

AGCO Berlin Summit Focuses on Animal Welfare

AGCO's annual Berlin Summit brought together stakeholders in politics, economy and society to discuss their experiences around the theme "Feeding the World - The Future for Protein".

AGCO Chairman, President and CEO Martin Richenhagen speaking at the 2019 AGCO Berlin Summit

AGCO Chairman, President and CEO Martin Richenhagen speaking at the 2019 AGCO Berlin Summit

The AGCO Berlin Summit is a joint initiative of AGCO and the new AGCO Agriculture Foundation. The AGCO Agriculture Foundation develops charitable initiatives to enhance global food security, sustainable agricultural development and positive economic impacts, particularly in developing countries. As in previous years, AGCO Finance and AGCO’s Fuse® are sponsors of the 2019 AGCO Berlin Summit.

Dr. Amrita Cheema, International News Anchor and Journalist, chairing "Feeding the World - Global Challenges"

Dr. Amrita Cheema, International News Anchor and Journalist, chairing “Feeding the World – Global Challenges”

Hosting the Berlin Summit demonstrates that AGCO is committed to offering food security for farmers and food producers so that they can produce more food with fewer resources and reduced losses along the food chain.

“Whilst discussing protein production, a special emphasis should be placed on the future of the animal welfare. Meat and poultry producers, especially in emerging markets with a growing middle class, are in need of comprehensive solutions to improve agricultural supply chains,” commented Martin Richenhagen, AGCO Chairman, President and CEO. “Today, we have brought together industry specialists, politicians, scientists and animal welfare experts to discuss a number of pressing matters, including challenges to feed a rapidly growing world population, as well as solutions that not only boost overall performance and productivity of farms, but also offer innovative and sustainable ways to improve animal handling and the fair treatment of animals in our agricultural supply chains.”

David Batcheller, President and CEO, Appareo Systems, speaks on "Achieving Balance through Innovation"

David Batcheller, President and CEO, Appareo Systems, speaks on “Achieving Balance through Innovation”

Solving real-world challenges with technology and innovative solutions will help our customers improve animal welfare and boost productivity, which in turn will help improve farm income.

“By 2050, our population will grow to 10 billion people. This means that we must increase agricultural production by at least 70 percent over the next three decades,” warns Rob Smith, AGCO Senior Vice President and General Manager, Europe & Middle East. “At the same time, the importance of quality and animal welfare standards is increasing. To meet these challenges and secure global food supplies, we have to develop and introduce new innovative technologies to the food industry.”

“AGCO invests extensively in the optimization of agricultural process chains and we welcome cross-industry exchanges,” added Martin Richenhagen. “We are pleased to see the support from today’s speakers and participants from all over the world for our strategy aimed at developing sustainable and innovative solutions for people and animals.”

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