During the annual Berlin agricultural fair––the International Green Week or “Grüne Woche”––held between January 16 and 25 this year, Ilse Aigner, the German Minister for Agriculture, proposed to set up an annual agricultural forum, such as the Davos World Economic Forum, which every year gathers the highest officials in the political and financial arenas. Her declaration follows the summit of 26 agriculture ministers in Berlin, an initiative to address the issue of malnutrition in the world. If Russia, China and the European Union (represented by Mariann Fischer Boel, its Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development) were in attendance, several agricultural powerhouses, such as France and the United States, were not represented.
The attending nations reached a consensus that can be summed up in five points: raising agricultural production, preserving resources, strengthening investment, assisting rural areas and research, and granting priority to food as outlet for agricultural resources. Fighting protectionism and developing sustenance farming were also highlighted.
This meeting’s success led the German minister to endorse the idea of an annual summit. As the global conference on food security convened on January 26 in Madrid in partnership with the UN, the German minister’s proposal is an additional example of the awareness to the need to set up a genuine international cooperation in agriculture. What will come out these global summits remains to be seen…