OECD Meeting of Agriculture Ministers 2022

In November, more than 50 Ministers of Agriculture from OECD Member and Non-Member countries will meet in Paris to agree on concrete actions to contribute to Building Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems in a Changing Environment: Shared Challenges, Transformative Solutions

Recent events have highlighted the essential role agriculture plays in addressing major global challenges. The Ministerial takes place in the context of an immediate food security crisis triggered by Russia’s large-scale aggression against Ukraine, increasing the number of acutely food insecure people whose access to food in the short-term has been restricted to the point where lives and livelihoods are at risk. Severe droughts in Europe, China and in North America are further exacerbating food security risks.

The Ministerial also takes place just before the seventh Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) (COP27) in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.  The meeting is an opportunity for Ministers of Agriculture to discuss a shared vision of the role the agriculture and food sector in addressing climate change, including how countries can shape the direction of future policies to ensure that their agriculture sectors contribute to reaching climate targets.

Transformative solutions are needed to address the triple challenges facing the sector. These include ensuring food security for a growing global population; providing livelihoods along the food chain; and enhancing the sustainability of the sector and its contribution to climate change mitigation. To address these challenges, the agricultural sector needs to do more with less, through well-targeted, comprehensive and inclusive policy mixes. Commitments to boost investment in innovation (R&D) and infrastructure are urgently required to put the agricultural sector on the necessary trajectory for sustainable productivity growth, ensuring global food security and achieving environmental goals.

Deadlines for meeting the Zero Hunger Sustainable Develop Goal 2030 (SDG 2) and Paris Agreement targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions are fast approaching. In November, Ministers will reaffirm the OECD’s leading role in helping countries identify and implement practical actions to meet this triple challenge. The Meeting will be co-chaired by the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food for Canada, the Hon. Ms. Marie-Claude Bibeau, and the Minister for Agriculture, for Biosecurity, and for Rural Communities of New Zealand, the Hon. Mr. Damien O’Connor.

OECD Agriculture Ministers last met in April 2016, when they explored more holistic policies for agriculture and food systems, culminating in a Declaration.