G7 Agriculture Minister’s Meeting

The G7 Agriculture Ministers met in Niigata City on the 23rd & 24th April. The topics discussed included (from the Japan government website):

Identifying the challenges that the G7 members have faced in common in agricultural sector

Increasing the average age of farmers and the fact that community-based activities are at risk of deterioration

Increasing demand for a safe, nutritious and varied food supply

Extreme weather due to climate change

(2) Concrete actions to overcome these challenges 

Expanding farming opportunities such as enhancing farmers’ capacity-building and participation in food value chains (FVCs)

Promoting active participation of women and youth in agriculture and food systems 

Revitalizing rural communities as well as using resources in rural areas such as land, water, and food culture in a sustainable manner

Combatting Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), animal and plant diseases, and biological threats

Promoting R&D and technologies for increasing agricultural production/productivity and food supply capacity as well as for addressing climate change

Sustainable management of forest and fisheries resources

 G7 Agriculture Minister’s Declaration (pdf)

[Photo: Japan Government G7 Summit site: http://www.japan.go.jp/g7/summit/meetings/]