Over two days of meetings at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris, agriculture ministers and representatives from about 50 countries agreed to redouble their efforts and implement better practices to feed the growing world population, fight climate change, and ensure that farmers and workers can make a successful living from agricultural production.

The meeting was co-chaired by Canada’s minister of agriculture and agri-food, Marie-Claude Bibeau and her New Zealand counterpart, Damien O'Connor. This role acknowledged the leadership of Canada's producers in sustainable development and ensuring global food security.

Although the challenges faced by the sector are similar around the world, each country adopts different approaches to meet their needs. The meeting allowed the ministers to discuss best practices, and to reaffirm the importance of collaboration to encourage growth in the sector.

With this in mind, the participating countries asked the OECD, an organization whose mission it is to collect and analyze evidence-based data, to explore actions that would allow a better comparison of how each country is evolving their policies and sustainable development.

To conclude the meeting, Ministers Bibeau and O'Connor released a joint statement noting the productivity of discussions.

Participating OECD nations established a shared vision and goals for the agricultural sector through a Declaration on Transformative Solutions for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems.

Quick Facts

  • The OECD is an international organization that works with governments, policymakers and citizens to establish evidence-based international standards and find solutions to a range of social, economic and environmental challenges.
  • The OECD Meeting of Agriculture Ministers, held every five to six years, brought together more than 50 Ministers of Agriculture from around the world to explore opportunities and discuss solutions to shared challenges in the agriculture and food sector.
  • As outlined in the 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan, Canada has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40-45 per cent from 2005 levels by 2030, putting Canada on a path to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.
  • Over the past two decades, farmers have roughly doubled the value of production while stabilizing greenhouse gas emissions. As a result, the amount of agricultural emissions per dollar of GDP generated by the sector has dropped by about half.

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