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Stéphane Travert, French Minister for Agriculture and Food, participated in a high-level roundtable at the Food and Agriculture Organization during an international symposium on the future of agro-ecology (that is the second symposium on the subject).

The minister reaffirmed France’s commitment to promote agroecological approaches, which carry solutions for all countries. He reminded participants of the importance of providing decent incomes to farmers, of meeting consumer demands, of developing rural areas, and of using natural resources in an efficient and sustainable way to face the challenges of climate change and to achieve United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Underlining the essential role of farmers, who are on the front lines of innovation and without whom a transition to multi-performance systems would not be possible, Mr. Travert called for all actors to mobilize. He noted that the roadmap of the Estates General of Food, in France, fully takes into account these issues, and said he was encouraged by the changes already in place for industry to move towards production methods that are more respectful of the environment.

This second international symposium brought more than 700 participants together (researchers, farmers, NGOs, public officials, etc.). 72 different governments were represented as well as more than 350 international institutions and organizations.