ERIA Participates in the 2nd G20 Agriculture Deputies Meeting in Yogyakarta
Yogyakarta, 27-29 July 2022: The Second G20 Agriculture Deputies Meeting (ADM) was held on 27-29 July 2022 in Yogyakarta. This Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) Working Group meeting was the follow-up to the 1st Agriculture Deputies Meeting held on 30-31 March 2022 and was attended by G20 member countries, invited countries, the EU, and international organizations. The Second ADM aimed to discuss the draft Communique for the Agriculture Minister Meeting in September on Bali. Strengthening sustainable agriculture, food systems, as well as global food security and nutrition against current and future shocks is the main theme of the G20 Indonesia presidency, under the broader objective of ‘Recover Together and Recover Stronger’.
The Minister of Agriculture of Indonesia, Prof Dr H. Syahrul Yasin Limpo, opened the ADM with remarks emphasizing the importance of ‘Balancing Food Production and Trade to Fulfil Food for All’ which reflects the G20's commitment to ensuring sufficient food supply for all by ensuring a balance between supply guarantees sourced from resilient and sustainable agri-food systems and those sourced from seamless cross-border trade in food and agricultural commodities.
At the discussion session, Dr Venkatachalam Anbumozhi, Director of Research Strategy and Innovation made an intervention that emphasized the need for transformative agricultural pathways for stronger economic recovery through digital transformation, based on the findings of ERIA’s study on digital agriculture, food security, and sustainability. Enhancing the sustainability and resilience of the global food supply chain as well as domestic agriculture production should be the main focus to ensure food security.
Prior to joining the Second ADM, ERIA was also actively involved in assisting the G20 Indonesia presidency through the T20 Process and contributed to the deliberations of Task Force 4 with the Policy Brief titled ‘Digital Transformation of Agri-Food System: Policy Pathways for Greater Socio-Economic Inclusion, Sustainability, and International Cooperation’. In addition, ERIA also contributed to the joint webinar with the theme ‘Digital Technology Transformation in The Agriculture Sector in Developing Countries’ organized in support of the Agriculture Working Group and Development Working group.