G20 officials attend Argentina’s Expoagro agricultural technology show

Senior agriculture officials from G20 countries and international organizations visited Expoagro, one of the most important agricultural farming shows in Latin America, where they interacted with local officials and producers.

Today in San Nicolás, Buenos Aires province, G20 officials were given a demonstration of agricultural technology at Expoagro, the most important agribusiness fair in Argentina.

Delegates at the G20 Meeting of Agriculture Deputies attended the open-air agricultural exhibition that showcases irrigation, direct seeding and packaging products linked to agricultural production. Harvesters, irrigators, and other locally produced agricultural machines were presented to the officials, who took advantage of the experience to ask questions about the potential of the technologies.

The delegates, who represent G20 members, invited countries, and international organizations, were received by Santiago del Solar, chief of staff at the Argentine Agriculture Ministry. “We are very proud to receive the G20 today. Expoagro is a space where producers and technology meet, and is ideal for a glimpse of the future of the agricultural sector,” he said.

Speaking about the past and present of Argentine agriculture, and highlighting the importance of technology for sustainable and efficient soil management, del Solar explained that the region’s producers come to Expoagro to find innovative ways to produce foodstuffs.

The G20 deputies toured the exhibition stands and spoke with local producers. Experts from the National Institute of Agricultural Technology presented the methods they are developing to prevent soil erosion, an issue on the G20 agenda. At the end of the visit, a typical Argentine lunch was served with meat and local products.

Agriculture is one of the 11 G20 work streams in 2018, and directly related to a sustainable food future, which is a core priority of Argentine G20 presidency.

With this priority in mind, the G20 officials have been meeting over the last two days in Rosario, Santa Fe province. They been working on public policies that allow for sustainable soil management, analyzing how the G20 can provide the necessary international coordination to lay the groundwork for public private partnerships between industries, governments, international agencies, agricultural producer associations, and not least civil society, an important feature at Expoagro.

The G20’s agriculture agenda continues throughout the year. Tomorrow the Agricultural Market Information System’s Rapid Response Forum meets in Rosario, while chief agricultural scientists from G20 members will meet on 28-30 May in San Salvador de Jujuy. The agriculture deputies will meet again on 26-27 July, and the G20’s agriculture ministers will meet on 27-28 July in Buenos Aires. The conclusions from these meetings will be brought to the Leaders’ Summit, which will take place on 30 November and 1 December, also in Buenos Aires.

About the G20

The G20 started out in 1999 as a meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors. In 2008, amidst the global financial crisis, it evolved into what it is today: a major forum that seeks to develop global policies to address the world’s most pressing issues. The G20 summits are attended by the heads of state and government of 19 of the world’s leading economies and the EU. Together, the G20 members represent 85% of global GDP, two-thirds of the world’s population, and 75% of international trade.