Saturday, January 21, 2023
Berlin – (dpa)
With the situation aggravated by the Ukraine war, an international conference of agricultural ministers in Berlin reaffirmed the goal of fighting world hunger more vigorously.
German Agriculture Minister Cim Ozdemir said on Saturday that practical solutions and more support are needed, especially for small farmers, as Ozdemir hosts government representatives from 64 countries at the conference.
Ozdemir added that for the globally agreed goal of eliminating hunger by 2030, there are only eight crops left.
The final statement of the conference also stipulates the method of sustainable production.
Ozdemir emphasized that agriculture can only successfully contribute to food security if it also preserves the planet.
He said that the countries of the South also had the right to enjoy healthy ecosystems.
He explained that the transfer of knowledge is crucial for farmers in Africa, and high food losses must also be reduced.
With regard to the Russian war in Ukraine, the conference statement said that most members condemned it in the strongest possible terms, stressing that “it causes enormous human suffering and exacerbates existing weaknesses in the global economy.”
Russia was not invited to the conference, and China did not attend.