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.
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.”

Video Message GFFA 2021: Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres

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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.


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