Food security a BRICS priority

statement issued by South Africa’s Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) listed the achievements of a four-day gathering of BRICS ministers of agriculture in Limpopo province.

A joint declaration by the five countries outlined areas of collaboration, cooperation, and agreement on agriculture-related issues.

“These include reducing the impact of climate change on agriculture and food production; ensuring access to food for the most vulnerable population; agriculture trade and investment; enhancing agricultural technology cooperation and innovation and strengthening exchange of agricultural information.”

On food security, the countries acknowledged the significance of food and nutrition security programmes including food safety nets in reducing hunger and malnutrition. They stressed the importance of learning from each other’s experiences of implementing such programmes.

The BRICS countries also discussed ways to strengthen collaboration on sustainable agricultural production and increasing agricultural productivity.