Media Release

Agriculture on the menu at G20 meetings

7 March 2014

Agriculture officials from the world's major economies met in Canberra this week to advance talks on food security and agricultural cooperation.

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said hosting the G20 gives Australia a valuable opportunity to contribute to a healthy, growing and resilient global economy.

"The G20 allows Australia to work with member countries to support the world's economic growth, boost agricultural productivity and improve global food security," Minister Joyce said.

"In turn, this grows markets for Australia's top-quality agricultural products and provides an opportunity to showcase our safe and high-quality food."

The agriculture and food security meetings, which were held this week, looked to progress some of the G20's existing agriculture and food security commitments. These include:

  • making international food markets more transparent
  • improving global agricultural productivity
  • developing a longer term approach to G20 action on food security.

"There is a direct link between the Australian Government's reform agenda and the focus of the G20 in boosting growth, increasing jobs, improving productivity and reducing unnecessary regulatory burden," Minister Joyce said.

"This is an important chance to improve our capacity to engage in the global economy, while also ensuring that the opportunities and benefits from these discussions can be passed onto farmers and agricultural businesses in Australia, and around the world."

Australia's G20 presidency runs from 1 December 2013 to 30 November 2014 and involves a number of meetings to progress the policy agenda. It will culminate in the G20 Leaders Summit held on 15 and 16 November in Brisbane, Queensland.

An Agricultural Market Information System Rapid Response Forum and a G20-OECD Agricultural Productivity Framework Workshop were held on 6 March 2014 in Canberra. A consultation session on the G20 review of food security and nutrition was held today in Canberra.

For more information on Australia's G20 presidency, visit www.G20.org.