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G7 engagement with food security and nutrition

The active role of Platform members

The Global Donor Platform for Rural Development has been recognized by the high forum of G7 for the convening role it plays in the field of nutrition and food security. The nutrition workstream welcomed the G7 Broad Food Security and Nutrition Development Approach and actively supports its implementation.

In June 2015 the G7 leaders stated that they aim to lift 500 million people in developing countries out of hunger and malnutrition by 2030. The Leaders’ Declaration and the attached Annex included concrete strategic steps to empower women, protect the environment and mitigate climate change, but also responses to global challenges such as food security and nutrition. The G7 leaders reaffirmed their commitments to 0.7% ODA/GNI target, to reverse the trend of declining ODA to the Least Developed countries (LDCs) and to encourage private capital flows. Upon the initiative from the Federal German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the German government proposed a campaign against hunger and malnutrition. This was a clear signal that the strongest economies of the world are living up to their responsibility for the poorest.

G7 Broad Food Security and Nutrition Development Approach

In a separate annex to the official summit declaration, the agreed ‘G7 Broad Food Security and Nutrition Development Approach’ outlined ways of achieving this goal: focusing on an inclusive rural development approach, fostering responsible investment and sustainable agriculture, providing targeted assistance for malnourished children and women – one of the most effective ways of boosting empowered development – and improving our support for hungry people in conflict and crisis settings. One part of the Approach focused on ‘Increasing Development Effectiveness, Improving Impact’ which highlights commitments to implement the Busan principles, align with partner countries’ strategies and monitoring of commitments. The declaration also emphasized the importance of empowering women, smallholders and family farmers, as well as supporting sustainable agriculture and food value chains.

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Welcoming partnership

The G7 summit declaration explicitly welcomes the 2015 Expo Milano message and efforts to promote sustainable agriculture and eradicate hunger. Furthermore the meeting participants agreed to reinforce the existing partnerships with developing countries, focusing on the issue of food security, while praising the success of Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement and the Malabo Declaration. The leaders reaffirmed the support for the Rome Declaration on Nutrition and the Framework or Action adopted during ICN2. Furthermore in the spirit of the G8 Land Partnerships agreed upon in 2013, all investments should be implemented consistently in line with the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National food Security (VGGT) and the CFS Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems.

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Building on existing initiatives, the leaders aim to support a more dynamic transformation of the rural world, developing the potential of rural areas and rural population. The declaration acknowledged the need for synergies and knowledge exchange to support the rural poor, smallholder and family farmers since they are especially vulnerable in the current process of rural transformation. The G7 leaders committed to promote agricultural and food value chain approaches that link the most vulnerable populations to investments and private capital flow.

Agriculture and Food security

In their first meeting since 2009, the agricultural ministers of the G7 countries met ahead of the 2016 G7 meeting in Ise-Shima Japan. The ministers recognised the successful placing of food security issues on the international agenda in the previous year. But the group also paid special attention to the challenges the agricultural sector is facing and the resulting threats to global food security. At the summit, the world leaders asked for more coherence in implementation of food security policies and the convening role of the Global Donor Platform was explicitly mentioned.

Agreed actions

The ministers agreed on three greater groups of actions to undertake to tackle food security challenges:

  • Revitalise rural areas and increase farmers’ income
  • Improve sustainable agriculture production/productivity and food supply capacity
  • Realise sustainable agriculture, forestry and fisheries

The agricultural ministers listed three main challenges in their meeting declaration: the increasing average age of farmers in developed countries, combined with decreasing interest in the youth to seek employment in the sector, second, the increased demand for a safe, nutritious and varied food supply, which stresses the food production and supply industry and demands higher level of coordination between rural and urban areas and third the rising pressure on natural resources posed by climate change and extreme weather events. The ministers committed themselves to take actions on these issues, while acting in accordance with the implementation frameworks of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement on climate change. They recognised the great potential in developing sustainable agricultural practices and in the support of both farming and non-farming activities.

The Ise Shima Vision for Action on Food security and nutrition sees the successful implementation of these commitments in the access to better data, improved reporting on ongoing commitments and enhanced synergies and engagement with broad stakeholders and other fora, where the importance of the Global Donor Platform for Rural development was once more recognised.

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Mauro Ghirotti

Italian Agency for Development Cooperation