The first G8 Working Group Meeting on Food Security was held in Moscow, Russia on February 27-28th. The meeting was organized by the Russian Ministry of Agriculture with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
During the first day of the meeting the representatives of G8 countries, international organization such as UNCCD, FAO, World Bank, GFAR, GSP, academia and civil society discussed the global status of soil degradation and agreed that common approaches of sustainable land use and agronomic practices should be developed.
There was a broad endorsement of the topic of healthy soils proposed by the Russian Presidency as the focus of work for the FSWG for this year. It was also agreed that the work on the New Alliance on Food Security and Nutrition should be closely followed and reflected in the Group deliverables, namely, the report to Sherpas, the input to the Sochi Summit Declaration.The FSWG also agreed to provide the inputs on the New Alliance and the AFSI to the Accountability Report prepared by the AWG. An update on the UK Presidency initiative “Nutrition for Growth” was also encouraged.
On Land degradation Neutrality diverse opinions were voiced. Due to reservations linked to methodology, feasibility and accountability it was decided that setting such ambitious goal was premature. At the same time, an ongoing work by the UNCCD IWG on definitions and indicators was supported.
The second meeting of the WG on Food Security will be held in Moscow on April 15-16th.
Read more about the meeting on the official website of Russia’s G8 Presidency.