G20 farm ministers discuss protecting water supplies

GTJwcwO9UCv71eqg1WqW6htNPY8TLp89World leaders at the G20 summit last year. (Image source: Kremlin/Commons)'Greater global efforts should be taken to safeguard precious world water supplies to secure food production,' the agriculture ministers of the group of 20 leading economies (G20) said on Sunday 22 January 

"We commit to approaches that improve sustainability of water use in food and agricultural production while ensuring food security and nutrition in accordance with our multilateral trade commitments," they said in a statement after meeting in Berlin. 

The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation warned in December that 12 mn people across Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia need food aid as farmers struggle with the impact of repeated droughts, compelling Ethiopia to make major wheat imports.

"We will protect water and water-related ecosystems by encouraging water-friendly, sustainable agricultural practices and technologies that enhance the water quality and resilience of water bodies," the G20 statement on Sunday said.

Global farming needs sustainable water supplies to feed the growing world population and provide the basis for world peace and stability, the meeting's host, German agriculture minister Christian Schmidt, said

"We are therefore committed to developing and implementing corresponding strategies at the national level," it added.

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