G20 NIIGATA Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting

G20 NIIGATA Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting will take place in Niigata, which is one of the related Ministerial meeting of G20 Osaka Summit on June 28 and 29.

1. Date

May 11 (Saturday) to 12 (Sunday), 2019

May 11 (Saturday)

Afternoon :
Sessions (Plenary session, Break-out sessions)
-Recommendation from students, Photo session, Official tour to exhibition
Welcome Reception
Official Ministerial Dinner hosted by Minister Yoshikawa (Hotel Nikko Niigata)

May 12 (Sunday)

Sessions (Plenary session, the Adoption of the Ministerial Declaration),
Joint press conference
Official field tour for HOD, (Northern Culture Museum, Komehachi Co. Ltd. (Digital Farming), Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery Co.Ltd.,)

2. Venue

Toki Messe Niigata Convention Center, Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture
Bandaijima 6-1, Chuo-ku, Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture

3.Participating countries/ organizations

  1. ① G20 members (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, European Union (EU), France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Republic of Korea, Republic of South Africa, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States of America)
  2. ② Invited guest countries (Chile, Netherlands, Senegal, Singapore, Spain, and Thailand)
  3. ③ Invited guest international organizations ERIA (Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia), FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations), IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development), IFPRI (International Food Policy Research Institute), OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), World Bank, WFP (United Nations World Food Programme), and WTO (World Trade Organization)

4. Themes and points of discussion

  1. (1) Main Theme
    “Toward Sustainable Agro-Food Sector – Emerging Issues and Good Practices”
  2. (2) Major issues to be discussed are:
    1. ① Fostering innovative human resources and new technologies
      ‐ Digital Farming, Technologies and its smooth implementation, Human development, etc.,
    2. ② Focusing on Food Value Chain, facilitating farmers and other FVCs stakeholders' benefit
      ‐ Development of FVCs, rural revitalization, reducing food loss and waste etc.,
    3. ③ Pursuing possible contribution to achieve SDGs
      ‐ Mitigation to and adaption of climate change, transboundary animal and plant diseases, etc.,

5. Others

  1. (1) Showcasing of Japan’s cutting edge technologies etc.,
    • ‐ New Technology (Automated tractor, assisting suits, practical use of satellite technologies, etc.)
    • ‐ FVCs (functional food, freshness keeping technologies, etc.)
    • ‐ Achieving SDGs (sustainable use of plastics, reducing food loss and waste etc.,)
    • ‐ Reconstruction following the Great East Japan Earthquake, exhibition of Niigata products and cultures
  2. (2) Hospitality of food
    At the reception and official ministerial dinner, foods from all over Japan, including local produce from Niigata and three prefectures afflicted by Great East Japan Earthquake will be provided.
  3. (3) Visiting tour of students and volunteers
    Students and volunteers who kindly cooperated to the meeting visit the venue

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