G20 Agriculture Ministers Met in Istanbul to Discuss Sustainable Food Systems

G20 Ministers of Agriculture met in Istanbul on 7-8 May 2015. This was their first meeting since 2011. Turkish G20 Presidency decided to organize G20 Agriculture Ministers Meeting to address rising challenges concerning food security.

World population is expected to reach nine billion by 2050. This will increase the challenge for global food security and nutrition. Ministers, in their Communique, underlined their commitment to meet this challenge. They agreed that establishing sustainable food systems is essential to cope with growing challenges in food security. They also highlighted the importance of reducing food losses and waste which is a global problem.

In their Communique, Ministers agreed that a G20 Action Plan on Food Security/Sustainable Food Systems will be prepared to be submitted for consideration at the Antalya G20 Leaders’ Summit.

Ministers also invited FAO, IFPRI and other international organizations to establish a platform in measuring and reducing food loss and waste.

To read the G20 Agriculture Ministers Communique, please click here.

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