Agriculture Ministers adopt joint declaration

Ministers and heads of delegations attending the OECD Meeting of Agriculture Ministers 2016 reached a consensus and adopted a joint declaration. Read more about their commitments moving forward and how they plan to work towards better agricultural policies.

Read analysis and op-eds published in the OECDObserver

Read this special issue of the OECDobserver with roundtable discussions and op-eds contributed by ministers, analysts and members of civil society.

Watch the video recording of the pre-meeting policy dialogue

View the video from the pre-meeting policy dialogue with OECD Secretary General Gurria, France's Minister Stephane Le Foll and US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack answering questions from the press.

A vision for 21st century agricultural policy

The objective of the discussions will be to highlight the common policy priorities of governments confronting both opportunities and challenges in feeding a growing world population, managing its natural resources, and dealing with climate change.

Access background documents

Access the full range of background documents prepared by the OECD in support of the meeting. These notes cover agricultural topics such as water, food markets, productivity growth and climate change.

Access related reports and data

In addition to the background materials prepared by the OECD in support of the meeting, a selection of related reports and data for key agriculture themes is available.

Meet the ministers

Read more about the Ministers from OECD and partner economies that will come together at the Ministerial Meeting in Paris and then connect with them on social media.

Why a meeting of ministers?

Ministers of Agriculture from OECD countries and partner economies around the world will meet at OECD headquarters in Paris on 7-8 April 2016, to discuss Better Policies to Achieve a Productive, Sustainable and Resilient Global Food System. Ministers will explore the new policies needed to achieve this widely shared interest, and will exchange on how to ensure that existing policies begin to 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, and as requested by Ministers, it is again time to assess whether the policies governments are pursuing are well targeted to address emerging issues and public priorities. Population growth and increasing prosperity are driving and changing demand for agricultural products. The sector will need to adapt to climate change, including to the expected increased frequency of extreme events, and will also have to be part of the mitigation effort. There will be increased competition for limited natural resources, in particular water.

Against this background Ministers will:

  • exchange ideas about which policies would best accompany the sector in responding to these opportunities and challenges and how to manage the transition to a new policy framework
  • cover the entire food chain, with a strong focus on the knowledge and innovation systems needed to achieve sustainable productivity growth
  • discuss how to strengthen global collaboration to that end, including through trade, science and technology, and education and advisory services
  • reflect on how the food system can contribute to the overall well-being of their economies, and on how overall policy settings can be more conducive to achieving sustainable productivity growth in the global food system

This meeting of Agriculture Ministers comes in the wake of several other important high-level events: the G20 Agriculture Ministerial under the Turkish Presidency of the G20 in May 2015, the UN Special Summit on Sustainable Development in September 2015, the COP21 in November-December 2015, the WTO Ministerial Conference in December 2015, and Germany’s Global Forum for Food and Agriculture in January 2016.