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G20 Scientists Discuss Global Food Security

G20 Scientists Discuss Global Food Security

Thursday, 20 February, 2020 - 06:30
Khobar - Asharq Al-Awsat

Sustainable agriculture and global food security topped discussions during the 9th meeting of the Agricultural Chief Scientists of the G20, which was attended by guest countries and international organizations to adopt a communique that will be delivered to ministers of agriculture.

The meeting took place in Saudi Arabia's Khobar, during which delegates expressed their intention to boost cooperation in sustainable agricultural productivity and global food security.

Global issues were highlighted, such as the importance of sustainable agriculture development in drylands, promoting agricultural productivity through cutting-edge technologies, and the link between water, energy and food.

The delegates emphasized the role of science in developing affordable and cutting-edge agricultural technologies to improve agri-food systems and address global food security. And further stressed the importance of agriculture in drylands for livelihoods and for global food security, and encouraged ministers to agree on a way forward to develop this.

The attendees noted the need for developing and implementing new agricultural technologies in cooperation with farmers. Adding that it was important for public-sector policy and investment to ensure equitable use of innovative agricultural technologies.

Regarding the global demands on water and energy to meet food production needs, the group agreed on approaching a better understanding of the interdependence of these elements. This is critical for developing policies that enable resources to be used efficiently, to improve livelihoods, ensure food security and optimize sustainable economic benefits

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