G 15 delivers Joint Statement at 38th Session of FAO, Rome

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FAO Rome June 2013Hon. Mr. Mahinda Yapa AbeywardenaLeader of the Sri Lankan delegation, Minister for Agriculture

Hon. Mr. Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, Minister for Agriculture delivered a Joint statement on behalf of the Group of Fifteen (G-15) at the 38th Session of the Food and Agriculture Conference held in Rome from 15-22 June 2013.

The Group expressed concern that despite the hard earned progress towards promoting agriculture and attempts to ensure food security and nutrition, the recurring fears of global slow-down of economic growth and volatility of food prices together with other challenges as, inter alia, climate change, are hampering the full achievement of MDGs in many developing countries. The Group highlighted the important role of agriculture trade in achieving food security and nutrition, in particular in developing countries, and also highlighted the negative effects of trade barriers and trade-distorting subsidies of developed countries. The Group emphasized that international trade system should continue, under the Doha Round agricultural Mandate, with the reform process in agriculture initiated in the Uruguay Round.

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