[News] G-7 Agriculture Ministers adopt “Niigata Declaration” focusing on global food security (April 25, 2016)

The Group of Seven (G-7) Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting, opened at Niigata-shi, Niigata prefecture on April 23, adopted the “Niigata Declaration” towards ensuring food security in the world on April 24.

In the Declaration, G-7’s farm ministers and the representative of the European Union agreed to aim at the shared goals of policy implementation including measures to enhance female and young farmers’ involvements in the agricultural sector.

Shinzo Abe’s Administration plans to reflect the outcome of the G-7 agriculture ministers’ meeting, including the shared goals to be pursued by the seven nations, in discussions at the G-7 Summit to be held in Ise-Shima, Mie prefecture on May 26-27.

Farm ministers of Japan, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom and the United States plus European Union’s representative gathered in Niigata to exchange views through comprehensive talks at the two-day meeting.

They also made a decision to organize international forums as early as possible with special reference to four themes such as agricultural researches in possible impacts of global warming on food production, investments in farming industries and other relevant policy challenges.

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