Foodstuffs appeal by the Minister of Agriculture
Stronger fight against hunger in the world
In the aggravated situation caused by the Ukraine war, an international conference of agriculture ministers underlined the goal of a stronger fight against hunger in the world. Practical solutions and more support are needed, especially for smallholders.
Published: 15 minutes ago
Updated: 14 minutes ago
Small farmers picking corn in the Cerrado in Brazil. (archive image)
This was said by German Minister Cem Özdemir on Saturday as the host of the conference in Berlin with government representatives from 64 countries. For the globally agreed goal of ending hunger by 2030, there are only eight harvests left. The final declaration also emphasizes a sustainable production method.
Özdemir emphasized that agriculture can only successfully contribute to food security if it also preserves the planet. Countries in the Global South also have a right to healthy ecosystems. In concrete terms, knowledge transfer is crucial for farmers in Africa, and high food losses must also be reduced.
Regarding the Russian war in Ukraine, the statement said that most members condemned it in the strongest possible terms and emphasized “that it is causing immense human suffering and amplifying existing vulnerabilities in the global economy”. Russia was not invited to the conference, and China did not attend. (SDA)