Sustainable Food System

B20 Argentina welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with positive recommendations towards achievement SDG goals of pursuing zero hunger through a sustainable food system, also one of the G20 Argentine Presidency top priorities.

According to FAO, a sustainable food system (SFS) delivers food security and nutrition for all in such a way that the economic, social and environmental bases to generate food security and nutrition for future generations are not compromised.

The task force has set five primary issues to be address by the leaders; reducing barriers to global food trade; eradicating malnutrition, undernourishment & obesity; fostering technology development & adoption; minimizing food loss & waste and ensuring environmental conservation, mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

It is essential to incorporate into the planification and design of nutritional public policies, instances of public-private cooperation and dialogue. These should strengthen regulatory frameworks, preventive malnutrition and healthy lifestyle habits programs. B20 final recommendations will aim at reinforcing multilateral food regulatory frameworks, strengthening the Codex Alimentarius; promoting consumer education and building up food value chains in developing countries.     

G20 leaders should also develop policies, incentives and capabilities to ease the adoption of new technologies and practices that increase sustainability and resilience of food chains. These should raise productivity and efficiency of resources, minimizing loss and waste, mitigating climate change, and enhancing soil conservation and ecosystem services that sustain food production. Final recommendations will point at creating economic benefits schemes that promote the efficient use of resources, financing the creation and adoption of new technologies, developing public-private partnerships to boost the ecosystem management, investing in rural productive infrastructure and training the consumers.

B20 remains committed to a multilateral trading system that is open, non-discriminatory, and rule-based. But some advances are required that will help achieve SGD´s through food global value chains. The trading system should reduce and correct barriers and distortions in global food and agriculture markets, enabling a major integration of MSMEs of developing countries into regional value chains. The final policy proposals will look at the reduction of non-tariff barriers, at the minimization of tariff barriers and at the harmonization and adoption of regulatory frameworks based on the Codex Alimentarius alignments.