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FAO praises the global effort of the Nordic countries on food security

Nordic Ministers for food and forestry meet to discuss Rio+20 outcome. Adopt new declaration stressing the global responsibility of the Nordic countries for food security and pledging to increase the effort of the primary sector to promote green growth.

Jun 29, 2012

FAO Deputy Director General Ann Tutwiler with the Nordic ministers for agriculture, fisheries and forestry on June 28 in Trondheim, Norway.

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Astraea Antal, Landbruks- og matdepartementet i Norge, Norge

FAO Deputy Director General Ann Tutwiler attended the annual meeting of the Nordic ministers for agriculture, fisheries and forestry on June 28 in Norway. She discussed the Rio+20 outcome and also used the opportunity to praise the contribution of the Nordic countries to promote global food security.

- The Nordic countries provide crucial support and leadership on the world scene when it comes to not only the agricultural sector. They also have a clear vision of how important it is to integrate the fisheries and forestry sector with the other primary sectors to achieve global food security, she said at the press conference held at the annual meeting of the Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM) for the primary sector.

The Nordic countries provide crucial support and leadership on the world scene, Ann Tutwiler

She also stated that the Rio+20 outcome was much better than it has been made out to be by some in the media and elsewhere – an opinion shared by the Nordic ministers.

Rio+20 follow-up

The Nordic ministers in their turn followed up on Rio+20 by adopting the Nidaros declaration, addressing the responsibility of the primary sector for increasing green growth.

The declaration also stresses the global responsibility of the Nordic countries in terms of food security.

- Food safety and increased food production are more and more in focus internationally. The Rio Declaration states clearly that production should be done in an environmentally friendly and socially sustainable way. But we cannot solve all global challenge in this area unless the individual countries take greater responsibility for their own food production, stated Norwegian Minister for Agriculture Trygve Slagsvold Vedum at the meeting.

The ministers also underlined the importance of gender equality in terms of securing food production for the world's growing population.

At Rio+20, the NCM had a series of seminars adressing the issues of gender equality, food security and the the value of nature in a green economy - see more at www.norden.org/rio+20 or here.

The Nordic ministers for agriculture, fisheries and forestry meet only once a year, but the joint effort of the countries within the sector is carried out by the Nordic Council of Ministers on an ongoing basis.

The secretariat of the NCM will be responsible for the follow up on a number of areas of the declaration.

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