Agricultural meeting: G20 call for more commitment and courage

Released on 18.09. 470

  • That is with an appeal to intensify the fight against hunger in the world and to dare to innovate more G 20 – Agricultural meeting in Florence has come to an end. Photo: Nati Harnik

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The agriculture ministers of the largest industrial nations appealed after their meeting in Florence to fight the global fight even more intensely.

Florence (dpa) – With an appeal to intensify the fight against hunger in the world and to dare to innovate, the G is 20 – Agricultural meeting in Florence has come to an end.

Italy’s Agriculture Minister Stefano Patuanelli urged his colleagues and the international community to stay tuned. “If we decide something today, we may not notice the effects for years,” he said on Saturday.

In the focus of the 20 the most important industrial nations on the two days in Tuscany, among other things, the question of how the food supply can be secured more effectively for all people in the world. Patuanelli called it a “great paradox” that on the one hand hundreds of millions of people are malnourished while elsewhere massive amounts of food are thrown away. Data suggest that around a billion tons of food end up in the trash worldwide every year. That is around 17 percent of all agricultural products.

The experts At the top meeting in Florence, to which State Secretary Beate Kasch had traveled from Germany, advised on how to combine the production of more food with climate protection. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) recently presented a study according to which around 470 billion US dollars annually subsidies to agriculture are not sustainable or fair. Only with a radical redistribution of aid could social inequalities and environmental damage be combated.

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