Minister Bibeau co-chairs meeting of OECD Agriculture Ministers

PARIS, November 4, 2022 /CNW/ – More than two days of meetings at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Parisagriculture ministers and representatives of some 50 countries agreed to redouble efforts and implement best practices to feed the world’s growing population, fight climate change and ensure that farmers and workers can make a successful living from agricultural production.

The meeting was co-chaired by the Honorable Marie-Claude Bibeau and her New Zealand counterpart, the Honorable Damien O’Connor. This role recognized the leadership of from Canada producers in sustainable development and ensuring global food security.

Although the challenges facing the sector are similar around the world, each country takes different approaches to meet its needs. The meeting allowed ministers to share best practices and reaffirm the importance of collaboration to promote the growth of the sector.

With this in mind, the participating countries asked the OECD, an organization whose mission is to collect and analyze factual data, to explore actions that would allow a better comparison of how each country is changing its policies. and its sustainable development.

To conclude the meeting, Ministers Bibeau and O’Connor published a joint statement noting the productivity of the discussions.

In addition, participating OECD countries have established a common vision and goals for the agricultural sector through a Declaration on Transformative Solutions for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems.

During the meeting, Minister Bibeau had several bilateral meetings to deepen relations with key partners:

  • Marc Fesneau, France Minister of Agriculture and Food Sovereignty;

  • Luis Planas, spain Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and Environment;

  • Atsushi Nonaka, from Japan Minister of State for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries;

  • Mark Spencerthe from the United Kingdom Minister of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs;

  • Charlie McConalogue, ireland Minister of Agriculture, Food and Marine.

Minister Bibeau reminded her counterparts from Canada reputation as a trustworthy business partner and discussed possibilities for enhanced cooperation in the agricultural sector.

Prior to the OECD meeting, Minister Bibeau met with various agricultural stakeholders Parisnotably :

  • A round table with French importers of Canadian agricultural products; two bilateral meetings with French agri-food companies that are making significant investments in Canada; and,

  • A meeting with the DG of the World Organization for Animal Health, Dr Monique Eloit to discuss global animal health standards in international trade.

Convinced that resilient and productive global food systems are essential to the sustainable growth of our economy, the Government of Canada continues to work with international partners and organizations that bring together countries with similar goals, such as the OECD.

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“Our farmers are committed to feeding the planet while taking care of their land and their animals. These meetings allow us to showcase Canadian leadership, as external factors continue to have an increasing impact on production. Canadians and our economy benefit from a strong and sustainable economy. agricultural sector. »

– The Honorable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Fast facts

  • The OECD is an international organization that works with governments, policy makers and citizens to set evidence-based international standards and find solutions to a range of social, economic and environmental challenges.

  • The OECD Agriculture Ministers Meeting, held every five to six years, brought together more than 50 agriculture ministers from around the world to explore opportunities and discuss solutions to common challenges in the sector. agriculture and food.

  • As indicated in the 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan, Canada committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40-45% below 2005 levels by 2030, Canada on track to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

  • Over the past two decades, farmers have roughly doubled the value of their production while stabilizing greenhouse gas emissions. As a result, the amount of agricultural emissions per dollar of GDP generated by the sector has fallen by about half.

Additional links

OECD – Meeting of Agriculture Ministers – Co-Chair’s Statement and Summary
OECD – Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
OECD Agriculture Ministers Meeting 2022
Minister Bibeau named co-chair of the international meeting of ministers of agriculture

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