The fourth Meeting of G20 Agricultural Chief Scientists (MACS) took place in Menemen/Izmir, at the International Agricultural Research and Training Center (UTAEM/IARTC) on 27-29 July 2015.
Throughout the meeting, the impact of agricultural research on food security and issues related to reduce food loss and waste (FLW) as one of the priority subjects of G20 Turkish Presidency, were broadly discussed.
As requested by Agriculture Ministers, in their Ministerial Communiqué; MACS participants agreed to establish a working group to explore the alignment of research priorities and collaboration with the aim of reducing gaps and avoiding duplication giving due consideration to other existing efforts.
To support FAO, IFPRI, and other relevant international organizations in their efforts to develop a platform related to FLW, as mentioned in the Ministers Communiqué, MACS agreed to share information and experiences related to agricultural science and technology, on measuring and reducing FLW.
Additionally, MACS compromised on the idea of establishing a working group in consultation with FAO and IFPRI, to conduct a preliminary mapping of their existing science and technology activities related to FLW, so as to contribute to enhanced information sharing and global coordination.
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