G-20 agriculture ministers agree to improve food and water sustainability and security

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In Germany, the G-20 coalition of major advanced and emerging economies agreed to improve the sustainability of water use in farming, take steps against antibiotic overuse in livestock and consider information and communication technology recommendations that were put forward in a recent United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization report.

The ministers also said implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals that were adopted by the United Nations in New York in 2015 will continue; along with implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

The G-20 ministerial took place during the annual Global Forum for Food and Agriculture, which saw agriculture ministers and senior officials from 83 countries meet in Berlin. The ministers agreed that agricultural trade and investment could contribute towards sustainable development and food security. However, disagreement over agriculture talks at the World Trade Organization limited deeper trade discussions by the G-20.