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Government of Argentina and FAO announce an international forum to discuss the future of agriculture and food in Latin America and the Caribbean

The Week of Agriculture and Food will take place between November 20 and 23 in Buenos Aires.

The meeting will be a space for shared dialogue and mutual agreements to face the great regional challenges of food security,

August 14, 2018, Buenos Aires, Argentina - The Ministry of Agribusiness of Argentina and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced a high-level event that will gather around 500 people in Buenos Aires, from 20th to 23rd of November: The Week of Agriculture and Food.

The meeting will be a space for shared dialogue and mutual agreements to face the great regional challenges of food security, technological innovation, rural development and climate change, and thus achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

During the Week authorities and government officials, civil society leaders, businesspersons, academics, managers and technicians from multilateral organizations will discuss ways to move towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the agri-food sector and the rural world.

During the launch of the Week, the Minister of Agribusiness Luis Miguel Etchevehere remarked that, “being hosts of this event is further proof that the world has recognized the openness we are making in our political and economic relations, through dialogue and the strategic positioning of our country, which allows us to strengthen our international relations and consolidate our role as a food producer".

Etchevehere was accompanied by the Chief of staff of the Ministry of Agribusiness, Santiago del Solar; the Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Guillermo Bernaudo; and the Undersecretary of Agriculture, Luis Urriza.

The Week of Agriculture and Food –which will be held for the first time in the region but in coming years will become a staple meeting for FAO– seeks to mark a watershed moment in regional food security, through the exchange of experiences and the creation of agreements.

During his visit to Argentina, FAO’s Regional Representative, Julio Berdegué, thanked the Government of the country for hosting the Week and highlighted the country's commitment to food and agriculture, both nationally and internationally.

"Rural societies and the agri-food sector are the scenarios where the vast majority of the environmental, social and economic goals of the Sustainable Development Goals must be achieved. Without the rural and agri-food world, there is no possible sustainable development. To achieve these goals, rural societies and the actors of the agri-food systems of Latin America and the Caribbean must undergo profound changes. Together with the government of Argentina, we hope to contribute to these necessary transformations," said Berdegué.


An inclusive regional dialogue

More than 40 entities from different sectors will participate as co-sponsors of this great regional dialogue.

Over four days, around 50 panels and meetings will be held around four major themes: the future technological challenges in agricultural and rural development; food systems and the paradox of obesity and hunger in the region; strategies to eradicate poverty in rural areas and move towards sustainable rural development; and the challenges of building rural societies resilient to climate change.

The inaugural session will address the technological challenges of the future in agricultural and rural development in Argentina.

In the area of ​​food systems, the program includes a wide variety of topics: public policies to improve health and nutrition, ways to curb increasing obesity, school feeding programs and public systems of food supply and marketing will be discussed.

In terms of rural development, participants will address the contribution of agroecology to sustainability in rural territories, the impact of the AgTech revolution on rural development, and the role of women in agro-industry. Participants will seek agreements to end poverty in the countryside and develop sustainable production to improve consumption habits.

The growing and worrying phenomenon of food waste will occupy a prominent role in the Week’s agenda. In terms of climate change, disaster risk management, rural climate resilience, energy crops and green financing opportunities for the agricultural sector will be discussed.

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