South African Minister of Agriculture Zokwana attended the G20 Agriculture Ministers meeting and the 9th Berlin Agriculture Ministers' Conference the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) in Berlin.
The German Minister of Agriculture has invited his fellow agriculture ministers to Berlin on January 22, 2017. The G20 Meeting of Agriculture Ministers was the first ministerial meeting under the German G20 Presidency.
The Berlin Agriculture Ministers' Conference was held for the ninth time during the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) – the Berlin World Food Conference from January 19 to 21, 2017.
The GFFA is the world's largest Agriculture Ministers' Summit. At the invitation of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Agriculture Ministers from across the globe discussed vital issues for the future of the global agri-food sector. The motto of this year's conference was “Agriculture and Water – Key to Feeding the World”
In their final communiqué, the Agriculture Ministers reaffirm their will to ensure a sustainable use of water resources, whilst identifying four central challenges: reducing the risks of water scarcity, curbing water pollution, managing surplus water and safeguarding adequate access of agriculture to water.
At the end of the Berlin Agriculture Ministers' Conference, Federal Minister Christian Schmidt handed over the final communiqué to Mr. José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).