First G20 Agriculture Deputies Meeting

April 19-20, Rome

In the context of the G20 meetings of the Italian Presidency, the Ministry of Agricultural Food and Forestry Policies organized, in virtual format, the 1st Agriculture Deputies Meeting on April 19-20, 2021. The meeting was opened by the remarks of the Director General of International and European Union policies, Luigi Polizzi.

Graziella Romito, Chair of the G20 Agriculture Deputies, presented the Presidency's priorities on sustainability and resilience of agri-food systems and on achieving the Zero Hunger Goal.

During the meeting, the presentations by FAO and OECD on achieving the objectives of the 2030 Agenda and on the Food Coalition introduced by Mximo Torero, FAO Chief Economist, and on resilience in agriculture, introduced by Guillaume Grure Senior Policy Analist of the OECD, were shared.

Among the international guests, in addition to the G20 members and the IOs, on the first day of the meeting, Dr. Agnes Kalibata, special envoy of the United Nations for the 2021 Food System Summit (UNFSS), took part, illustrating the objectives of the Summit.

On the second day of the meeting, the G20 Presidency illustrated the concrete actions that intends to enhance in order to reach the Zero Hunger Goal and give visibility to good practices in the field of sustainable agriculture. Afterwards the delegations started the drafting of the Communiqu of the Agriculture Ministers, which will meet in Florence on September 16-18, 2021. On 17 and 18 the Ministerial meeting will be held, while on September 16 there will be an Open Forum on Sustainable Agriculture to which also non-G20 Countries, IOs , civil society and farmers will participate. During the Open Forum, there will be the Award Ceremony for the winners of the International Award for Sustainable Agriculture, funded by the Italian Presidency of the G20.

The delegations of the G20 countries have expressed their support for the priorities promoted by the Italian Presidency.


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