G20 to Strengthen Measures to Fight Global Hunger

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Agriculture ministers from the G20 countries have agreed to strengthen measures to combat hunger and malnutrition, Channel 24 reports.

The corresponding joint declaration was issued on July 28 after two days of meetings in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

“We are committed to strengthening the international mechanisms we have created to jointly and collaboratively achieve the goal of a world free of hunger and malnutrition in all its forms, address the challenges of food security and nutrition and take into consideration the Voluntary Guidelines to support the Progressive Realization of the Right to Adequate Food in the context of national food security and the relevant work of the Committee on World Food Security,” the declaration reads.

The ministers expressed concern “that, after many years of decline, global hunger increased in 2016 and now affects 815 million of the world population, and that about two billion people suffer from micronutrient-deficiencies.”

“We note that hunger and malnutrition have multiple causes, and that many of these challenges transcend national borders. We also note that the development of sustainable food systems contributes to tackling challenges like the displacement of people.”

The document underlines the importance of innovation and reduction of food loss and waste. It highlights the importance of strenghetning the role of agriculture in human development, and information and communication technologies.

It acknowledges the role of family farmers, smallholders, women and young people living in rural areas in the fight against food insecurity and malnutrition in all its forms.