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Ministry of Agriculture Signs Food Security Agreement

The pact reiterates the intention of working together 'in defense of global food security and agricultural trade'

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Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina has signed a joint agreement with Western Hemisphere Agriculture leaders to defend global food security in a parallel meeting with the G20 Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting in Niiagata, .

The group has stated its intention to work together “in defense of global food security and agricultural trade, based on scientific principles and risk analysis”.

In addition to the minister, the meeting was attended by the secretary of Agroindustry of Argentina, Luiz Miguel Etchevehere; the Minister of Agriculture and Agricultural Food of Canada, Marie-Claude Bibeau; the Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development of Mexico, Victor Villalobos, and the United States Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue.

In the joint statement, the five countries advocate the role that science and innovation will play in fueling the growing world population. “With the world’s population projected to reach 9.8 billion by 2050, science and innovation will play a key role in enabling farmers to feed everyone safely.”

See the full press release below:

“Together, we commit to working in partnership and with other countries to support predictable, consistent, and transparent risk-based and science-based regulatory approaches. Our five nations recognize that innovations in the agricultural sector contribute to improved productivity – including small producers, young farmers and rural women – in a safe and sustainable way, and also to our countries’ capacity to meet the growing global demand for food.With the world population projected to reach 9.8 billion by 2050, science and innovation will play a key role in enabling farmers to feed everyone safely.

As Western Hemisphere agricultural leaders, we affirm our intention to work together to defend global agricultural trade based on scientific principles and risk analysis. We also affirm our intention to allow producers access to the tools needed to: increase productivity; reduce loss and waste of food; protect soil, water and biodiversity; and produce safe, nutritious and affordable food throughout the year for the benefit of the world’s population.”