MIL-OSI Translation: Ways to sustainable food systems in times of crisis

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Source: Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture Published on May 14, 2022 in the format of press release no. 59/2022

G7 agriculture ministers want to take the lead in making food systems sustainable around the world.

Under the German presidency, the G7 agricultural ministers met in Stuttgart from 13 to 14 May. The conference was marked by Russia’s illegal attack on Ukraine, its consequences for Ukraine itself, and the impact on food security worldwide.

After intensive negotiations, the agriculture ministers acknowledged that global food security, climate protection and the preservation of biodiversity can only be achieved as a triad. In addition, the ministers have undertaken to take longer-term aid measures for Ukraine. Federal Minister of Agriculture Cem Özdemir: “Russia’s illegal attack on Ukraine set the pace for our meeting. Not only does the climate crisis threaten food security, but war has also increased the pressure on global food systems. Putin’s war increases world hunger. We have committed to supporting Ukraine with longer-term measures: We continue to secure the food supply for the population and we help Ukrainian agriculture wherever we can. And we support Ukraine in resuming its agricultural exports.” The G7 agriculture ministers have pledged to monitor the prices of inputs and food more closely in order to be able to react to developments earlier. Higher costs for inputs such as fertilizer or seed make a significant contribution to food becoming more expensive. To this end, the G7 countries will strengthen the AMIS agricultural market information system. Germany will double its contribution to $80,000. Özdemir continues: “We have also committed ourselves to stabilizing the markets. There must be no excessive storage of agricultural products in individual countries – that is lacking in solidarity and leads to further price increases. We speak out against export bans and call for keeping the markets open. We also discussed with concern today that some countries have imposed export bans on wheat and palm oil. We appeal to all countries to live up to their responsibilities.” The second major topic at the G7 meeting of agricultural ministers was the impact of the climate crisis not solve by tightening another. For us it is clear: we must fight hunger, climate catastrophe and species extinction together. World hunger is already worst where the climate crisis is hitting full force and biodiversity is lost. The G7 want to take on an international leadership role in pointing the way to sustainable food systems. We will only implement the right to food if we enable farmers worldwide to sustainably increase productivity and strengthen resilient ecosystems.” You can find the communiqué with the results of the G7 Agriculture Ministers’ Conference at www.bmel.de /g7-kommunique. Further information and videos at www.bmel.de/g7. Published on May 14, 2022 in press release format

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