Minister Bibeau wraps up G7 Agriculture Ministers meeting in Stuttgart, Germany

OTTAWA (ON), May 16, 2022 /CNW/ – The Honorable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, concluded a successful trip to Stuttgart, Germanywhere she participated in the annual G7 Agriculture Ministers Meeting (AMM) to advance shared priorities and discuss from Canada agricultural interests regarding trade, supply chains, food security and environmental sustainability.

Throughout her visit, Minister Bibeau took part in conversations with her counterparts to support the development of more inclusive and resilient food systems through innovative solutions. She also pointed out from Canada unwavering commitment to support the people of Ukraine, who have been affected by Russia illegal and unjustifiable invasion.

Whereas in Germanythe Minister also announced from Canada intends to double its funding to the Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS). This investment will provide countries with new information on fertilizers, seeds and other inputs to help reduce price volatility and fight global hunger.

During the meeting of G7 Agriculture Ministers, the Minister met:

  • Cem Özdemir, host of the meeting of agriculture ministers and minister of food and agriculture of Germany;
  • Stefano Patuanelli, italy Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry;
  • Arata Takebe, from Japan Minister of State for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries;
  • Tom Vilsack, United States’ Secretary of Agriculture;
  • Victoria Prentis, from the United Kingdom Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food;
  • Janusz WojciechowskiEuropean Union Commissioner for Agriculture;
  • Julien Denormandie, France Minister of Agriculture and Food;
  • Mykola Solskyi, Ukrainian Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food;
  • Ulrik KnudsenDeputy Secretary General of the Organization for the
    Cooperation and Development (OECD);
  • Qu Dongyu, Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

During these meetings, Minister Bibeau reiterated from Canada commitment as a committed and reliable partner in agricultural trade, global food security and the fight against climate change.

For the first time, Minister Bibeau met with Ukrainian Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food, Mykola Solskyi. The two ministers discussed Russia war of aggression against his country and its consequences for Ukraine and global food security. During the meeting, Minister Bibeau reiterated from Canada commitment to work with G7 countries to scale up their efforts Ukraine continue its agricultural production for the coming harvest season and export, including through alternative routes. Minister Bibeau and her G7 colleagues strongly condemned Russia actions against Ukraine. Ministers also underlined their commitment to provide support to ensure the ability of Ukrainian farmers to feed their people and contribute to global food security.

The G7 partners have recognized the need to continue to address the challenges affecting agriculture around the world. Ministers pledged to demonstrate international leadership and ambition to find pathways to sustainable food systems, address food security and nutrition challenges, and the impacts of climate change and biodiversity on and food systems and the impact on global food security due to the current situation in Ukraine. In addition, Ministers agreed that opening up agri-food trade is key to achieving these goals.

The government of Canada remains resolutely committed to supporting the population of Ukraineand others directly affected by the illegal and immoral invasion by the Russian Federation. Canada will continue to work with multilateral organizations and partner countries to support a coordinated response to global food security concerns and enable Canadian farmers to bring more to market and meet global demand.

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“This meeting of G7 agriculture ministers reaffirmed our commitment to join forces in the face of global challenges. The pandemic, extreme climate change and the impacts of Russia unwarranted attack on Ukraine undermine food security and drive up prices. The agricultural sector has shown resilience and we will coordinate our efforts to support it, while staying the course on our climate commitments.”
– The Honorable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Fast facts:

  • So far in 2022, Canada has committed $245 million Canadian dollars to support the humanitarian response and respond to urgent needs on the ground by Ukraine and neighboring countries.
  • The World Food Program (WFP) is from Canada largest humanitarian partner. In 2021, Canada provided on $306 million to WFP, making it the fourth largest donor from a single country.
  • With over $1 billion in new funding included in the Emissions Reduction Plan and reiterated in Budget 2022, the Government of Canada proposes to enable the Canadian agricultural sector to be a world leader in sustainable agriculture, realize its potential to significantly reduce GHG emissions, ensure that family businesses can succeed in a changing climate and keep food on people’s plates.
  • In agreement with from Canada Feminist International Aid Policy, Canada supports sustainable agriculture and food systems programs that help reduce poverty among vulnerable populations, especially women and girls, in developing countries. In 2020-21, Canada disbursed $829 million for agriculture and food systems.
  • In 2021, from Canada agricultural and food exports reached a new record of more than $82 billion$7 billion ahead of the target set for 2025.

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