1st G20 Conference on Agriculture Research for Development
"Promoting Scientific Partnerships for Food Security"
September 12-13 2011, Montpellier, France
Organized on September 12-13 2011 in Montpellier (France) at the initiative of the G20 French Presidency and in the framework of the pillar on Food Security of the action plan for development, the 1st meeting of the G20 development on Agriculture Research for Development was devoted to promoting scientific partnerships for Food Security.
The Conference gathered over a hundred participants from the G20 countries, invited countries and seven international bodies: the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR), the World Bank (WB), the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD Agency), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Food Security and Nutrition took part in the Conference.
The Conference was closed by the French Minister for Cooperation, Henri de Raincourt who recalled that food security will be a major challenge in the future due to the current demographic trends. This issue is currently one of the priorities of the G20 French Presidency and the Montpellier Conference was part of the agenda.
The agenda of the meeting and the concept note introducing the 4 sessions and the issues discussed had been prepared by a steering committee which included Brazil, Canada, France, Japan and four international organizations (FAO, GFAR, CGIAR and WB).
M. Henri de Raincourt, French Minister for Cooperation
The main outcomes of the Conference include:
- G20 must be part of the discussion set up in the framework of the Global Conference on Agriculture Research for Development (GCARD) organized by the GFAR and the CGIAR every 2 years
The reformed CGIAR must play a major role in setting up and executing world research programmes allowing to face the major challenges on global issues related to food security, fight against rural poverty, sustainable management of natural resources.
It is necessary to develop innovative partnerships such as trilateral cooperation and to leverage the private sector on the basis of the volunteer commitment of the G20 countries.
The proposal to set a neutral platform aiming at exchanging on world strategic thinking under the responsibility of the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) was widely supported.
- The proposal to set up a platform on tropical agriculture to enhance the capacity-building of the Southern stakeholders and to be used as a remote training tool and as a tool to share information was adopted
The Conference took place in Montpellier where the CGIAR Consortium Office is located, thus confirming Montpellier as a world capital for agricultural research.
International Steering Committee (ISC)
Local Organizing Committee
Updated on 20/02/12
Sylvie Albert - Agropolis International
Bernard Hubert - Agropolis International President
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