Ottawa - The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, concluded a productive trip to Stuttgart, Germany, where she took part in the annual G7 Agriculture Ministers Meeting (AMM) to advance shared priorities and discuss Canada’s agricultural interests regarding trade, supply chains, food security and environmental sustainability.
Throughout her visit, Minister Bibeau took part in conversations with her counterparts to support the development of more inclusive and resilient food systems through innovative solutions. She also highlighted Canada’s steadfast commitment to supporting the Ukrainian people, who have been impacted by Russia’s illegal and unjustifiable invasion.
While in Germany, the Minister also announced Canada’s intention to double its funding to the Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS). This investment will give countries new information about fertilizers, seeds and other inputs to help reduce price volatility, and fight global hunger.
At the G7 Agriculture Ministers Meeting, the Minister met with:
- Cem Özdemir, host of the Agriculture Ministers Meeting and Minister of Food and Agriculture of Germany;
- Stefano Patuanelli, Italy’s Minister of Agricultural, Food and Forestry;
- Arata Takebe, Japan’s State Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries;
- Tom Vilsack, the United States’ Secretary of Agriculture;
- Victoria Prentis, United Kingdom’s Minister of State for Farming, Fisheries and Food;
- Janusz Wojciechowski, European Union Commissioner for Agriculture;
- Julien Denormandie, France’s Minister of Agriculture and Food;
- Mykola Solskyi, Ukrainian Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food;
- Ulrik Knudsen, Deputy Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD);
- Qu Dongyu, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
During these meetings, Minister Bibeau reiterated Canada’s engagement as a committed and reliable partner in agricultural trade, global food security, and taking action on climate change.
For the first time, Minister Bibeau met the Ukrainian Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food, Mykola Solskyi. The two ministers discussed Russia’s war of aggression on his country and its consequences for Ukraine and global food security. During the meeting, Minister Bibeau reiterated Canada’s commitment to work with the G7 countries to step up efforts to help Ukraine continue its agricultural production for the upcoming harvest season and exporting, including by alternative routes. Minister Bibeau and her G7 colleagues strongly condemned Russia’s actions against Ukraine. Ministers also emphasized their commitment to provide support to ensure the ability of Ukrainian farmers to feed their population and to contribute to global food security.
G7 partners recognized the need to continue to address challenges affecting agriculture around the world. Ministers committed to international leadership and ambition in finding pathways towards sustainable food systems, address the challenges of food security and nutrition, as well as the climate change and biodiversity impacts on and of food systems and the impact on global food security due to the current situation in Ukraine. And, Ministers agreed that open agri-food trade is essential to achieving these goals.
The Government of Canada remains resolutely committed to supporting the people of Ukraine, and others directly impacted by the illegal and immoral invasion by the Russian Federation. Canada will continue to work with multilateral organizations and partner countries to support a coordinated response to global food security concerns and enable Canadian farmers to bring more to market, and meet world demand. Source : Government of Canada