Committee on Agriculture (COAG)

Issues from 23rd Session

The discussions and deliberations of the 23rd Session of COAG have led to the adoption (by the 145th Session of Council and the 38th Session of the Conference) and subsequent implementation of important global public goods including:

  • The International Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management
    The new Code provides a framework for pesticide management for all public and private entities engaged in its production, regulation and management worldwide and sets standards of conduct for life cycle management practices for government authorities and the pesticide industry. The appropriate and sustainable use of pesticides in agriculture is widely recognized as fundamentally important to human and environmental health. FAO’s work in this area - in partnership with WHO and UNEP - led to the adoption of a new International Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management.
  • The Global Soil Partnership 
    The Global Soil Partnership has five goals or pillars of action: promote sustainable management; encourage investment and technical cooperation: promote targeted soil research and development; enhance the quantity and quality of soil data and information; and, harmonize methods, measurements and indicators for sustainable management.
  • The Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock
    The consumption of food from livestock is projected to increase by about 70 percent by 2050. This huge growth in demand is happening as concerns about scarce natural resources and climate change are increasing. Recognizing this, the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock was supported as a multi-stakeholder initiative and Member Nations were invited to participate.
  • Sustainable Crop Production Intensification
    In 2010 FAO launched a major new initiative to produce more food in a more sustainable way for a growing world population. Called Save and Grow, it draws on an important new concept called Sustainable Crop Production Intensification (SCPI). The Conference reaffirmed support for the strategy and recommended its integration with nutrition, seeds, adequate diets, food losses and waste, efficient use of water, conservation and use of genetic resources, with the revised title of Sustainable Production Intensification.