Media briefing on Thursday 7 April at 13h45 & Live Webcasts
31/3/16 - Population growth and increasing prosperity are driving and changing global demand for agricultural products, while other challenges, like climate change and increased competition for limited natural resources like land and water, loom on the horizon.
Against this background, Ministers of Agriculture from OECD countries and partner economies worldwide will meet in Paris on 7-8 April 2016, to discuss Better Policies to Achieve a Productive, Sustainable and Resilient Global Food System. The meeting, to be co-chaired by Stéphane Le Foll, Minister of Agriculture, Agrifood, and Forestry of France, and Tom Vilsack, United States Secretary of Agriculture, will explore the new policies needed to achieve widely shared interests and will offer the opportunity for ministers to discuss how to ensure that existing policies shift in these directions more quickly.
Agriculture Ministers last met at the OECD in February 2010, in the midst of volatile world food markets. Six years later, Ministers will assess whether the policies that governments are pursuing are well targeted to address emerging issues and public priorities. The ministerial meeting will:
A Dialogue with the Press on the Future of Agriculture and Food will be held with OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría, Minister Le Foll and Secretary Vilsack on Thursday, 7 April, at 13:45. This session will be webcast at: http://video.oecd.org.
The closing session of the Ministerial Meeting, on Friday, 8 April, at 14:30 CET will be open to the Press and also transmitted via live webcast. During this session, the Co-Chairs will present the Ministerial Declaration and the Co-Chairs' Summary outlining the main outcomes of the meeting. Both documents will then be published on the OECD website the same day.
Working with over 100 countries, the OECD is a global policy forum that promotes policies to improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.