12/06/2012 - G20 governments should devise and implement a new series of peer reviews within the G20 process to ensure that policies improve agricultural productivity and food security, according to a new report by 12 international organisations.
Sustainable Agricultural Productivity Growth and Bridging the Gap for Small Family Farms says better international co-ordination in agricultural research and development will also help countries meet future demand for food and other agricultural products while better managing limited natural resources.
Co-ordinated by the OECD and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation, in response to a request from the Mexican G20 Presidency, the report also calls on G20 governments to support non-G20 developing countries as they address the challenges facing global agriculture.
The report identifies the free flow of ideas, goods and services across national borders as an important engine for agricultural innovation and the adoption of more productive and more sustainable solutions. It says that the right institutional and market conditions must be in place if countries are to attract agricultural investments and maintain high productivity growth rates in the sector.
The report also recommends that G20 governments do more to improve policies and research for agricultural water management, to improve efficiency in water use.
“G20 governments should subject their own policies to an ongoing process of analysis and peer review to identify whether they are on track or not,” said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría. “This would help identify where policy performance could be improved to achieve a more productive and more sustainable agriculture.”
Organizations that collaborated on the report are: Bioversity, CGIAR Consortium, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) , International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), OECD, UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), UN High Level Task Force on the Food Security Crisis, UN World Food Programme (WFP), World Bank, and World Trade Organization (WTO).
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