Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau co-chaired the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris last week.
Agriculture ministers and representatives from about 50 countries agreed to redouble their efforts and implement better practices to feed the growing world population, fight climate change, and ensure that farmers and workers can make a successful living from agricultural production.
During the meetings, the group condemned Russia's unjustifiable war against Ukraine noting that the war poses severe risks to global food security and agreed to a number of ideas that will lead
to transformative solutions for sustainable agriculture and food solutions.
Some of those ideas included increasing investment in research and development and infrastructure; enhancing research collaboration and knowledge sharing. Strengthening the contribution of trade and well-functioning markets to agriculture and food systems transformation.
Bibeau says our farmers are committed to feeding the planet while taking care of their land and their animals.
"These meetings allow us to showcase Canadian leadership, as external factors continue to have a growing impact on production. Canadians and our economy benefit from a strong, sustainable agriculture sector."
The meeting was co-chaired by Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and her New Zealand counterpart Damien O'Connor.
Following the meetings the pair released a comprehensive summary of the discussions, that information is available here.
Minister Bibeau also held bilateral meetings with her counterparts from France, Spain, Japan, Ireland and the U.K. where she discussed trade and opportunities for enhanced cooperation in the agricultural sector.