Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau co-chaired the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris last week.
Agriculture ministers and representatives from some 50 countries agreed to redouble efforts and implement best practices to feed the world’s growing population, fight climate change and ensure that farmers and workers can make a successful living from agricultural production.
During the meetings, the group condemned Russia’s unjustifiable war against Ukraine noting that the war poses serious risks to global food security and agreed on a number of ideas that will lead
to transformative solutions for sustainable agricultural and food solutions.
Some of these ideas included increased investment in research and development and infrastructure; improve research collaboration and knowledge sharing. Strengthen the contribution of well-functioning trade and markets to the transformation of agricultural and food systems.
Bibeau says our farmers are committed to feeding the planet while taking care of their land and their animals.
“These meetings allow us to showcase Canadian leadership as external factors continue to have an increasing impact on production. Canadians and our economy benefit from a strong and sustainable agricultural sector.
The meeting was co-chaired by Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and her New Zealand counterpart Damien O’Connor.
After the meetings, the pair released a full summary of the talks, that information is available here.
Minister Bibeau also had bilateral meetings with her counterparts from France, Spain, Japan, Ireland and the United Kingdom where she discussed trade and opportunities for enhanced cooperation in the agricultural sector.