BRICS agriculture ministers address food security

29 October 2013. Pretoria. South Africa. Agriculture ministers of the BRICS countries met to address the negative effects of climate change on world food security.

The gathering, the third of its kind, will culminate in the signing of a joint declaration which will demonstrate BRICS’ determination to meet the challenges confronting food security, Xinhua reported.

“We are required to ensure that the decisions we make today impact positively on the continent and the quality of the land we leave for the next generation and their children,” South African Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, in charge of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, said at the conference.

“It is my expectation that we will emerge from this meeting with a shared sense that it was instructive, successful and well worth the investment and effort we have made to be here.”

Food security is a huge challenge and thus a key priority for the African continent, said Joemat-Pettersson. She said the meeting would consider and provide leadership on the important matters related to food security. “Our priority on the continent and in South Africa is to promote sustainable agricultural and food production, which will enable Africa to feed itself and the world,” the minister said.

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