On Monday, 6 June – a fortnight ahead of the G20 agriculture ministers’ meeting, which will take place, for the first time, on 22 and 23 June in Paris – Bruno Le Maire, Minister for Agriculture, Food, Fisheries, Rural Affairs and Town and Country Planning, chaired a round table with leaders of French and international companies with links to the agricultural sector.
This round table concluded a high-level conference, jointly organized with the Davos World Economic Forum’s Working Group on Food Security, chaired by Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer of Unilever, and devoted to the private sector’s contribution to the work of the French G20 presidency on agriculture. The representatives of the private sector expressed their interest in contributing to the following priorities, defined on the basis of the work already begun by the French G20 presidency:
improving transparency on agricultural commodity markets, particularly on stocks;
increasing global agricultural production, at a sustainable rate for land and water resources, particularly in the developing countries;
boosting investment in research and innovation;
promoting instruments to combat agricultural price volatility for the most vulnerable countries and producers;
developing public-private partnerships to encourage agricultural investment, particularly in subsistence farming in the most vulnerable countries.
For several months, professional agricultural organizations, civil society and the private sector have been closely involved in the preparatory work of the French G20 presidency on agriculture. For the second time, and on the eve of the G20 meeting, Bruno Le Maire will have a meeting with non-governmental organizations on 20 June 2011./.