Building on existing initiatives, the leaders aim to support a more dynamic transformation of the rural world, developing the potential of rural areas and rural population. The declaration acknowledged the need for synergies and knowledge exchange to support the rural poor, smallholder and family farmers since they are especially vulnerable in the current process of rural transformation. The G7 leaders committed to promote agricultural and food value chain approaches that link the most vulnerable populations to investments and private capital flow.
In their first meeting since 2009, the agricultural ministers of the G7 countries met ahead of the 2016 G7 meeting in Ise-Shima Japan. The ministers recognised the successful placing of food security issues on the international agenda in the previous year. But the group also paid special attention to the challenges the agricultural sector is facing and the resulting threats to global food security. At the summit, the world leaders asked for more coherence in implementation of food security policies and the convening role of the Global Donor Platform was explicitly mentioned.
The ministers agreed on three greater groups of actions to undertake to tackle food security challenges:
- Revitalise rural areas and increase farmers’ income
- Improve sustainable agriculture production/productivity and food supply capacity
- Realise sustainable agriculture, forestry and fisheries
The agricultural ministers listed three main challenges in their meeting declaration: the increasing average age of farmers in developed countries, combined with decreasing interest in the youth to seek employment in the sector, second, the increased demand for a safe, nutritious and varied food supply, which stresses the food production and supply industry and demands higher level of coordination between rural and urban areas and third the rising pressure on natural resources posed by climate change and extreme weather events. The ministers committed themselves to take actions on these issues, while acting in accordance with the implementation frameworks of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement on climate change. They recognised the great potential in developing sustainable agricultural practices and in the support of both farming and non-farming activities.
The Ise Shima Vision for Action on Food security and nutrition sees the successful implementation of these commitments in the access to better data, improved reporting on ongoing commitments and enhanced synergies and engagement with broad stakeholders and other fora, where the importance of the Global Donor Platform for Rural development was once more recognised.