Successful meeting of G20 Agriculture Ministers

11 May, 2015

Action on global food security and increased dialogue with international partners were some of the positive outcomes of the G20 meeting of Agriculture Ministers in Turkey last week.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck, said his visit was a success and showed the G20 has a clear direction for helping increase global food security.

"The G20 meeting and bilateral meetings with member countries were extremely valuable and had some very positive outcomes," Senator Colbeck said.

"G20 Agriculture Ministers have agreed to practical steps on agriculture and food security, building on the G20 Food Security and Nutrition Framework that leaders supported in Brisbane in 2014.

"We had productive discussions on our policies to ensure food security in our own countries and in developing countries. Discussions also focussed on sustainable food systems and how to reduce food loss and waste in support of food security.

"We agreed on establishing a platform to share information in measuring and reducing food loss and waste, building on work underway --this is a great outcome and will help our agricultural industries capitalise on international expertise and commercial opportunities.

Senator Colbeck said that for Australia a sustainable food system means the policies that help our agriculture and fisheries sectors to be vibrant, innovative and competitive.

"This includes things like ensuring our farmers can trade, through free trade agreements and technical support to grow and maintain market access, as well as our unique public-private rural research and development system which helps Australian farmers apply new ideas to innovate and maximise productivity in a sustainable way.

"In turn this helps create jobs and investment, help build stronger rural and regional communities, and contribute to food availability in Australia and our trading partners.

Senator Colbeck also said the visit was a chance to learn about Turkey's agricultural production and strengthen relationships with G20 member countries.

"My field visits were a great opportunity to gain an insight into production techniques and innovations in Turkey and to share ideas, particularly in the area of aquaculture.

"The G20 allows Australia to work with member countries on supporting economic growth, boosting agricultural productivity and addressing global food security--and its important Australia has a seat at this table," Senator Colbeck said

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