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Berlin Agriculture Ministers’ Conference

Berlin Agriculture Ministers’ Conference

Berlin Agriculture Ministers’ Conference

First virtual Berlin Agriculture Ministers’ Conference: 76 department heads adopt final communiqué

76 agriculture ministers agreed to an ambitious final communiqué at the 13th Berlin Agriculture Ministers’ Conference at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA).
Corona has made the fight against hunger more difficult – estimates put the number of additional people going hungry at 130 million due to the pandemic. “At the same time, Corona teaches us which levers we need to pull to fight hunger. On the one hand, supply chains must function so that food is available, prices remain stable and affordable: high prices must not be paid for by people in hunger,” said Federal Minister Julia Klöckner.
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Federal Minister Klöckner welcomed on 22 January 2021 75 fellow ministers from around the world as well as high-level representatives from thirteen international organizations – to the Agriculture Ministers’ Conference in the framework of the GFFA of the Ministry.

Secretary General of the UN, António Guterres sent a video message emphasising that efforts must be intensified in order to achieve the “Zero Hunger” agenda by 2030. “Our agriculture should allow everyone access to a healthy diet, adequate employment opportunities and at the same time minimise waste.”

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Subsequently, a jointly adopted communiqué was virtually handed over by Federal Minister Klöckner to Ms. Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Dr. Kalibata, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General for the Food Systems Summit 2021, and Dr. Eloit, Director General of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

Final communiqué sets ambitious goals

In its final communiqué, the Agriculture Ministers’ Conference agreed on the following goals, among others:

  • Intensify efforts despite COVID-19 to achieve the UN’s 2030 Agenda goal of “No Hunger”.
  • To sustain food production, keep markets open and supply chains functioning in the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • To prevent future pandemics, support the “One Health” approach, strengthen animal health, create resilient animal health systems, and improve health management for wildlife species.
  • To further climate change mitigation, improve carbon sequestration in soils, reduce food loss and waste.
  • Support climate negotiations in the agricultural sector and, in particular, strengthen the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture.
  • To support agriculture in adapting to climate change through measures in the areas of water, biodiversity, breeding and animal husbandry.
  • To support the approach for integrated, sustainable and resilient food systems and thus contribute to the UN Food Systems Summit 2021.

Impressions

Countries

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Welcome by Julia Klöckner, Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture

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Cape Verde: Gilberto Silva, Ministry of Agriculture and Environment

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Colombia: Rodolfo Enrique Zea Navarro, Minister of Agriculture

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Croatia: Marija Vučković, Minister of Agriculture

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Estonia: Arvo Aller, Minister of Rural Affairs

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Finland: Jari Leppä, Minister of Agriculture

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Guatemala: José Ángel López, Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Food

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Guyana: Zulfikar Mustapha, Minister of Agriculture

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Hungary: István Nagy, Minister of Agriculture

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Israel: Alon Schuster, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

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Luxembourg: Romain Schneider, Minister of Agriculture, Viticulture and Rural Development

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Mongolia: Mendsaikhan.Z, Minister of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry

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Nepal: Yogendra Kumar Karki, Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development

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Netherlands: Carola Schouten, Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality

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New Zealand: Damien O´Connor, Minister of Agriculture

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Peru: Federico Tenorio, Minister of Agrarian Development and Irrigation

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Poland: Grzegorz Puda, Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Forestry

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Portugal: Maria do Céu Antunes, Minister of Agriculture

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Slovenia: Dr. Jože Podgoršek, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food

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Sudan: Abdul Qadir Turkawi, Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources

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Tajikistan: Ziyozoda Sulaymon Rizoi, Minister of Agriculture

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Thailand: Chalermchai Sri-on, Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives

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Turkey: Bekir Pakdemirli, PhD, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry

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UK: George Eustice, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Ukraine: Ihor Petrashko, Minister for Development of Economy, Trade and Agriculture

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Uruguay: Carlos María Uriarte, Minister of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries

Organisations

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Janusz Wojciechowski, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development

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Dominik Ziller, Vice-President, IFAD

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Johan Swinnen, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

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Marion Jansen, Director of Trade and Agriculture, OECD

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David Beasley, Executive Director, World Food Programme (WFP)

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Alan Wolff, Deputy Director-General, WTO

As soon as we have the list of participants of the 2021 Berlin Agriculture Ministers’ Conference, we will make it available to you here.

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