On February 27-28 the first G8 Food Security Working Group Meeting was held in Moscow. During the meeting the experts' attention was focused on the issues of soils fertility and its preservation for future generations.
In his opening address Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation Nikolai Fyodorov admitted: "Despite the measures taken by international organizations the liquidation of hunger is still a serious challenge of a global scale." He also emphasized that while solving the issues of physical and economic accessibility of food it is important to be aware of fundamental elements of the whole food security system. Therefore it is necessary to concentrate the efforts of international community on the basis of agriculture, which is soil.
According to Mr. Fyodorov, the problem of fertile land loss is increasing. Today in order to provide humanity with food we already have to commit to efficient use of the available land resources. "We are sure that joint efforts of international community will help to reduce the amount of agricultural lands loss and will allow reaching the ambitious goal of zero net land degradation. This is an objective worth pursuing," he concluded.
The meeting participants called to focus attention of international community on long-term challenges, such as preserving land resources and its responsible use; because sound soils and sustainable land-utilization are the main conditions for human wellbeing and economic prosperity.The Russia's G8 Presidency, emphasizing the importance of land resources preservation for future generations, presented a number of initiatives.
The meeting resulted in preparing a draft report that after further harmonization will be presented at the G8 Sherpas Meeting.