In a report to the G20 Development Working Group released in September of last year, FAO and the OECD (with inputs from the Asian Development Bank, IFAD, ILO, IFPRI, and WTO) discussed the vital role that food security plays in the G20’s overall growth agenda. Food insecurity and malnutrition come with a high economic cost, reducing countries’ human capital and decreasing productivity and opportunities for growth.

In 2013, the G20 Leaders’ Declaration included a framework on food and nutrition security (FSN Framework). This Framework was designed to provide the basis for a long-term, integrated, and sustainable food systems approach to food security and nutrition, recognizing that action is needed both within and beyond the agricultural sector.

The Lima UN Climate Conference (Lima COP20 CMP10) was held in December 2014 and set the stage for global policymakers to establish a universal climate change agreement in Paris at the end of this year. Representatives from over 190 countries agreed upon the elements to be addressed by the Paris 2015 conference and achieved a number of “firsts” in international climate discussions.

The G20 Agriculture Ministers met in Istanbul this May to discuss the group’s ongoing efforts on the issue of food and nutrition security. In their final report, the ministers highlighted several important global issues linked to food security, including the impacts of climate change and the need for sustainable food systems, the need to minimize global food loss and waste, and the goal of increasing incomes and job opportunities in rural areas, particularly for women and youth.

The roadmap for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development laid out a series of informal sessions leading up to the conference in July 2015. These sessions included discussion on a wide range of topics related to sustainable development, including:



  • Mobilizing domestic public resources through policy reform, taxation, and debt financing/resolution;
  • In 2011, the G20 Agriculture Ministers released an action plan on food price volatility and agriculture to address sustainable increases in agricultural production and productivity.

    This post was quoted directly from the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform.

    Sustainable Development Goals and Targets
    Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
    1.1 by 2030, eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, currently measured as people living on less than $1.25 a day

    1.2 by 2030, reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions

    The leaders of the G7 (the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom) met in early June for the annual G7 Summit. The resulting Leaders’ Declaration addressed a variety of global issues, including climate change, trade, and epidemics.

    Although agriculture is a huge economic driver in most African countries, many African farmers remain poor. Poverty persists due to a large number of factors, one of which is smallholders’ lack of access to financial and market information and services. In Kenya, a project called DrumNet is working to change that.

    The report of the G20 Agriculture Vice Ministers and Deputies released in 2012 followed up on the work of the 2011 Agriculture Ministers’ Action Plan [link to post on Action Plan].