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FAO and OECD promote soil protection and request support in the elaboration of the Codex Alimentarius to promote the production of healthy foods
29 agosto 2018


Sustainable agriculture. At the meeting of the G20 Agriculture Ministers in Argentina, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) presented a report August 1st that emphasizes the care and improvement of soil quality to produce nutritious food and guarantee food security. The document lists a number of recommendations, including the promotion of sustainable agricultural management practices. Also, FAO urged member countries to support FAO and WHO in the elaboration of the Codex Alimentarius. At the G20 Leaders’ Summit November 30th, the leaders are expected to adopt the organization’s recommendations through regulations coming both from the Executive and Legislative branches.

In this regard, FAO Regional Representative Julio Berdegué urged countries to support FAO and WHO in the development of the Codex Alimentarius, which sets scientific standards to protect the health of consumers and ensure fair practices in food trade. In addition, he stressed the need to curb food loss and waste in less developed countries.

“To end all forms of malnutrition, we must transform our food systems to provide healthy and accessible food. This means taking care of the quality of the soil,” Berdegué explained. Hence, FAO and OECD prepared the report “Food Security and Nutrition: Challenges for Agriculture and the Hidden Potential of Soil”, which provides recommendations to G20 Member States on agriculture. The most relevant suggestions are having greater control over the Global Soil Partnership, promoted by FAO in conjunction with national governments, and promoting sustainable agricultural management practices at the national level.

Next steps

At the G20 Leaders’ Summit to be held November 30th and December 1st in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the presidents of the alliance countries are expected to consider these FAO and OECD recommendations. At that meeting, representatives of the G20 states are expected to take these proposals and push for agreements to be made to implement them through executive measures or bills.