G8 L’Aquila Joint Statement on Global Food Security

Sectors : International partnerships and support for Pan-African institutions, Regional cooperation and integration, Quality of aid, International trade: market access, subsidies and aid for trade, Infrastructure General, Food security, Humanitarian assistance, Agricultural investment and production
Organisation : G8
Date made: 
2009
Level: 
Heads Of State

Commitments in: Development partnerships - International partnerships and support for Pan-African institutions

“8. Strengthening global and local governance for food security is key to defeating hunger and malnutrition, as well as to promote rural development. ..To this end, we support the UN High Level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis. At the same time, we support the fundamental reform processes underway in the FAO, the Committee on World Food Security, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research and the global agricultural research system through the Global Forum on Agricultural Research.”

Scope: 
Africa

Commitments in: Development partnerships - Regional cooperation and integration

“10. We support the implementation of country and regional agricultural strategies and plans through country-led coordination processes, consistent with the Accra Agenda for Action and leveraging on the Comprehensive Framework for Action of the UN High Level Task Force and on existing donor coordination mechanisms...”

Scope: 
International

Commitments in: Trade - International trade: market access, subsidies and aid for trade

“7. Open trade flows and efficient markets have a positive role in strengthening food security... We are therefore committed to reduce trade distortions and refrain from raising new barriers to trade and investment and from implementing WTO-inconsistent measures to stimulate exports. To this end, we aim at an ambitious, comprehensive and balanced conclusion of the Doha Development Round and call for renewed, determined efforts to bring it to a timely and successful conclusion. We are committed to improve access to information, promote conducive business environments and investment in rural infrastructure, such as transportation, processing, storage facilities and irrigation schemes.”

Scope: 
International

Commitments in: Agriculture - Food security

“3. We therefore agree to act with the scale and urgency needed to achieve sustainable global food security. To this end, we will partner with vulnerable countries and regions to help them develop and implement their own food security strategies, and together substantially increase sustained commitments of financial and technical assistance to invest in those strategies... We see a comprehensive approach as including: increased agriculture productivity, stimulus to pre and post-harvest interventions, emphasis on private sector growth, smallholders, women and families, preservation of the natural resource base, expansion of employment and decent work opportunities, knowledge and training, increased trade flows, and support for good governance and policy reform.”

Scope: 
International

“9. ...We agree to support a global effort whose core principles are country ownership and effectiveness. We pledge to advance by the end of 2009 – consistent with our other actions aimed at an improved global governance for food security – the implementation of the Global Partnership for Agriculture and Food Security. Its mission includes enhancing cooperation in achieving global food security, promoting better coordination at the country level and ensuring that local and regional interests are duly voiced and considered. We intend that the Global Partnership will count on a reformed and effective Committee on World Food Security involving all relevant stakeholders, including Governments, International and Regional Organisations, IFIs, civil society and farmer’s organizations, the private sector and scientific community.”

Scope: 
International

“12. We are determined to translate these principles into action and take all the necessary measures to achieve global food security... In this respect, we welcome the commitments made by countries represented at L’Aquila towards a goal of mobilizing $20 billion over three years through this coordinated, comprehensive strategy focused on sustainable agriculture development, while keeping a strong commitment to ensure adequate emergency food aid assistance.”

Scope: 
International

Commitments in: Agriculture - Agricultural investment and production

“5. ...We are committed to increase investments in short, medium and long term agriculture development that directly benefits the poorest and makes best use of international institutions. We support public-private partnerships, with adequate emphasis on the development of infrastructure, aimed at increasing resources for agriculture and improving investment effectiveness.”

Scope: 
International