G20 agriculture ministers focus on wasted food and sustainability
by Daily Sabah
ISTANBULMay 06, 2015 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah
May 06, 2015 12:00 am
Turkey's Food, Agriculture and Livestock Ministry announced that the main theme of the G20 Agriculture Ministers Meeting will be wasted food and the loss of sustainable food systems.
The G20 Agriculture Ministers Meeting, which is the most important international meeting concerning agriculture in Turkey, commenced on Wednesday in Istanbul with Food, Agriculture and Livestock Minister Mehmet Mehdi Eker as its host. The meetings will continue until May 8.
This is the second time in the history of the G20 that an agricultural meeting is taking place, and the announcement reiterated that G20 member countries represent 85 percent of the global economy, 70 percent of global agriculture and two-thirds of the world's population. Various other ministers and chairmen of international organizations are also attending the meeting.
The ministry announcement stressed that 805 million people are currently suffering from famine and 600 million people from obesity. It also highlighted that 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted every year, which could otherwise provide enough food for those who are impoverished and hungry.
The matter of wasted food will be discussed by G20 agricultural ministers for the first time, which is significant because addressing the issue via a platform with the most powerful countries is crucial for both member countries and low income and developing countries.
It was also emphasized that the meeting will serve the aim of leaving a more sustainable environment to future generations and protecting natural resources, which will ensure food savings in the long run. Eker will hold meetings with the agriculture ministers of the U.S., China, Italy, Japan and Canada, as well as the EU Agricultural and Rural Development Commissioner. He will also sign cooperation agreements on various issues. The announcement underscored that hopefully this meeting will also shed light on future research regarding food sustainability and offer solutions for problems faced by the global agriculture industry.