A sustainable food future

Senior agriculture officials from G20 countries and international organizations are meeting in Rosario, Santa Fe province, to address public policies on sustainable soil management.

The G20’s agriculture deputies are meeting in Rosario, Santa Fe to work on building a sustainable food future, one of the three priorities of the Argentine G20 presidency. In G20 terminology, the deputies are second in command to the ministers and help coordinate the G20 agenda.

The three-day deputies meeting concludes tomorrow and has two objectives: to determine sustainable soil health management practices, and to analyse 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 civil society.

Argentine Agriculture Minister Luis Miguel Etchevehere took part in the afternoon sessions of the meeting. “G20 countries make up 60% of agricultural land worldwide and are responsible for nearly 80% of global trade in food and agricultural products,” he said.

“We need to be conscious of the fact that reducing hunger can only be addressed collectively. Global problems require global solutions, and as G20 members we are responsible for sending a positive sign to the world about our strong commitment to eradicating poverty and hunger,” he added.

After Etchevehere closed the day’s activities, G20 officials visited the Rosario Stock Exchange and were met by its president, Alberto Padoán, and the mayor of Rosario, Mónica Fein, who officially welcomed them to the city.

This is the first G20 meeting in Rosario, one of the 11 Argentine host cities of G20 events. It is the third city, after Buenos Aires and Bariloche, to host a G20 meeting under the Argentine presidency.

The agriculture agenda is one of 11 Argentine G20 workstreams and comprises several meetings throughout the year. Experts on the Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS) will come together on Thursday 15 March, while chief agricultural scientists from G20 members will meet on 28-30 May in San Salvador de Jujuy, and the agriculture deputies will meet again on 26-27 July.

Finally, 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.

One of the G20 priorities for 2018

Argentina has three priorities for its 2018 G20 presidency: the future of work, infrastructure for development, and a sustainable food future. As outlined in the overview of Argentina’s G20 presidency, “food security is an important link in the process of achieving stability and peace. In no other case are security and development more evidently interlinked and mutually reinforced as in food. Meeting the dietary needs of future populations requires a sustainable way of increasing agricultural productivity. (…) Healthy, fertile and productive soils are necessary for food security and human health, and their preservation is crucial for sustainable development and life on our planet.”

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.