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G-20 Enacts Plan for Improving Global Food Security

May 14, 2015
Agripulse reported that on Monday, May 11, 2015, the United States Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack released a statement endorsing a plan to combat food insecurity developed by the G-20 agriculture ministers:
"After open and frank discussions, I believe we arrived at a communique that outlines major goals that must be achieved if we are to increase food security in the world. Together, the leaders underscored that food security and nutrition are a top priority for the G-20 and endorse the G-20 Food Security and Nutrition Framework of 2014. We encourage global leaders, in developing their policy options and strategies, to ensure adequate nutrition is a prerequisite for human resource and community development, productivity and growth."

The G-20 group is comprised of both developed and developing countries, which represent about two-thirds of the world's population, 85 percent of global gross domestic product and over 75 percent of global trade. The international forum's 20 members are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union.

The plan recommends governments invest in food supply chains that limit food loss and waste and use incentivized, non-regulatory tools to curtail waste at each step, from producer to consumer. It also calls for improved agricultural market access in developing countries.

Furthermore Secretary Vilsack added that “the world must wake up to the fact that no challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change,” after he made reference to USDA's climate smart agriculture goals released last month.

The communique also acknowledges the important role that science and innovation play in increasing crop production and enhancing knowledge sharing.

"One way global agricultural leaders can address climate change, he argued, is to encourage the development of agricultural biotechnology and best management practices 'that are integral to food production and management of natural resources.' These innovations help to lower greenhouse gas emissions - which scientists have found to be responsible for global warming - increase carbon storage and generate clean and renewable energy as well, Vilsack said."

The G-20 Agriculture Ministers called for greater cooperation and exchange of information among G-20 members to foster development of skills and new technologies.

Read here the statement by Australia in its capacity as host of the November 2014 G-20 Summit. This statement really focuses on the G-20's commitment to and how it plans on lifting economic growth, spurring job creation, promoting development and building global confidence.