Within the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), its Committee for Agriculture is working to support member and partner countries as they develop the policy measures needed to achieve a productive, sustainable and resilient global food system. The new Chair, Ms. Jennie Sölving from the Government of Sweden’s Offices, has just presided over the first Committee meeting of her term. At the OECD Secretary General’s annual lunch meeting, she highlighted important points of the Committee’s work, emphasising the fight against antimicrobial resistance.
Ms. Sölving stated that the Committee for Agriculture is convinced that more, and not less, international co-operation will be needed if we are to successfully take on the challenges of the future. It is important to engage with stakeholders and to communicate effectively. By doing this we hope to strengthen the trust in governments and institutions.
The agriculture sector is facing resource issues, affecting soil and water, and will have to adapt to climate change and to contribute to mitigation. Fighting the threat of antimicrobial resistance is another example of where international co-operation will be crucial. Realising the vast potential of new digital technologies to contribute to sustainable productivity growth in farming and food production is also important.
On a practical level, OECD issues an annual monitoring report which covers more than 52 countries. Facts are vital to progress in research, development and technology to be of global use.The new Chair, Ms. Jennie Sölving from the Government of Sweden’s Offices.