The G20 ministers of agriculture in Berlin
In Berlin, the G20 agriculture ministers agreed on an action plan on the sustainable use of water.
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At their meeting in Berlin/Germany in late January 2017, the G20 agriculture ministers agreed on an action plan on the sustainable use of water resources. Germany’s Federal Minister of Agriculture Christian Schmidt stressed how important agriculture is for peace.

On the 22nd January 2017, the G20 ministers of agriculture got together in Berlin, Germany. Their meeting marked the start of Germany’s G20 Presidency. In Berlin, Germany’s Federal Minister of Agriculture Christian Schmidt underlined the fundamental importance of agriculture in mastering the global challenges of the future – from feeding the world’s growing population to protecting the global climate and addressing the causes of migration and displacement. Agriculture offers countries economic and social prospects and lays foundations for peace and stability. "That makes agriculture part of global security policy," he said.

In Berlin, the G20 agriculture ministers agreed on an action plan on the sustainable use of water. Since agriculture is the single largest user of water, and in future will continue to depend on the availability of sufficient clean water, it has a responsibility to use water economically and environmentally soundly. "We have underlined that with our joint declaration today," said Federal Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt.

With a view to the world’s growing population, resources must be used more productively, more sustainably and more responsibly, the minister continued.

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