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Tuesday, 19 June 2012

G20 agriculture meeting in Mexico

Ministers were recently briefed by the Presidency on the outcome of the G20 agriculture viceministers/ deputies meeting which took place 17-18 May 2012 in Mexico City. The Mexican G20 Presidency had requested G20 agriculture vice ministers/deputies to draw up recommendations on agricultural production and productivity as a follow-up to the 2011 action plan on food price volatility and agriculture, to be submitted to the G20 summit in Los Cabos this week.
The recommendations took into account of the report prepared by a number of international organisations and coordinated by FAO and the OECD, entitled "Improving Global Sustainable Agricultural Productivity Growth and Bridging the Gap for small family farms". On 12-13 April 2012, G20 agriculture vice ministers/deputies met in Mexico City to discuss a draft of the above report. On 17-18 May 2012, G20 agriculture vice ministers/deputies met again in Mexico City to complete their discussions and agree on recommendations to be submitted to the G20 summit.
Participants in the meetings in Mexico City acknowledged the considerable progress made in the implementation of the action plan on certain issues such as the agricultural information system (AMIS) or the rapid response forum (RRF). The Council recognised however the need to pursue work to implement this action plan.
In the report and the recommendations submitted to the G20, it is underscored that increasing agricultural production and productivity in a sustainable way is one of the most important challenges that the world faces today.
Notablythe Mexican G20 Presidency focuses on two priorities: ensuring compliance with the commitments set in the November 2011 Cannes declaration and generating consensus on specific initiatives that can help increase world agricultural productivity, with emphasis on smallholders.

Source: Council of the EU