Berlin Conference of Agriculture Ministers agree on final communiqué


Berlin, 21 January 2023 - Nearly 70 agriculture ministers have reached agreement on an ambitious final communiqué at the 15th Berlin Conference of Agriculture Ministers as part of the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA).

GFFA 2023
GFFA 2023© BMEL / Thomas Trutschel

Following an invitation by German Agriculture Minister Cem Özdemir, agriculture ministers from around the world and representatives of 14 international organizations met at the 15th Berlin Conference of Agriculture Ministers to discuss how the right to food can be implemented worldwide.

In their final declaration, they agreed to ensure food availability, access, affordability and food security for all in order to achieve the UN's “Zero Hunger” goal of the 2030 Agenda.

Federal Minister Özdemir stressed that humanitarian aid is essential, but it also only helps in the short term. 

While war and climate crisis cause great damage in the blink of an eye, it takes time to cultivate fields. We need to move away from short-term crisis hopping; our support must have a long-term impact. 

That's why we need to strengthen agricultural development worldwide; we need a focus on long-term solutions. Building grain silos instead of sending grain sacks - that's what it has to be about.

The joint communiqué of the agriculture ministers contains clear words on the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine and the global food insecurity it has triggered.

In his video message, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Selensky appealed to agriculture ministers to support the Ukrainian Grain Initiative.

Background information

The Berlin meeting of agriculture ministers is considered the political highlight of the GFFA.

Under the title “Transforming food systems: A Global Response to Multiple Crises,” the GFFA's technical events focused on how food security can succeed in the long term despite multiple crises worldwide.

Over the course of four days, thousands of high-ranking representatives from politics, business and civil society gathered at the GFFA for the first time since 2020.

They exchanged views at the international conference on the key issues for the future of the global agricultural and food economy.

The Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr. Nick, had opened the conference on January 19.

(Source: BMEL press release)

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