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Agri Ministers Outline Strategies to Feed the World in Times of Pandemics and Climate Change

January 27, 2021

Over 90 agriculture ministers from all over the world, together with high-level representatives of international organizations, agreed to act in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, preventing further pandemics, and on climate change mitigation and adaptation. This was one of the most important events during the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture held virtually and hosted in Berlin, Germany in January 2021.

The action plans to be adopted are detailed in the 2021 Communique. The quest of nations towards zero hunger continues as stated in the Communique, "We are convinced that long-term solutions require a holistic, food-systems approach and 3 that sustainable, resilient and inclusive food systems can bring about a world free from hunger and any form of malnutrition."

The key point that emerged from the discussions was that the COVID-19 pandemic pushed communities towards innovation. Director-General QU Dongyu of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) encouraged the participants to work together to keep the momentum of innovation to address the challenges brought about by the pandemic and climate change.

Read more about the forum from FAO. Download the 2021 Communique from GFFA Berlin.

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