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2011 Chengdu meeting: Documents

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Agriculture Ministers Meeting October 29-30, 2011, Chengdu, China

The Second Meeting of BRICS Ministers of Agriculture and Agrarian Development, held in Chengdu, China, on October 30, 2011. Following the “Sanya Declaration” from their third leadership meeting, the Ministers of Agriculture from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa discussed cooperation towards achieving world food security. They have implemented the Moscow Declaration from 2010, working together to increase domestic agricultural productivity and contributing to global economic stability and food security.

BRICS countries, representing a significant portion of the world’s population and trade, are committed to coordinating with major international organizations to address global issues such as food security and climate change. They acknowledge the pivotal role of agriculture in social stability and express solidarity with African nations, especially those in the Horn of Africa facing a severe drought. The BRICS are committed to supporting food production capacity improvement in Africa and elsewhere through various means, including technical assistance and infrastructure development.

The group aims to pursue strategies for agricultural cooperation that takes advantage of the diverse characteristics of each country, focusing on the enhancement of global food security and sustainable development. They express concerns regarding the volatility of agricultural markets influenced by natural disasters, biofuel production, and speculative activities, and pledge to work on long-term market forecasting and encourage developed nations to reduce trade-distorting subsidies.

The Ministers agree on the importance of robust and stable agricultural development within BRICS for world food security, emphasizing the need for technology transfer, climate change adaption, and sustainable agricultural practices. They also recognize the essential role of bio-energy and research and development in advanced bio-fuels while balancing food security concerns.

BRICS countries aim to develop sustainable agriculture by reducing chemical input, utilizing renewable resources, and focusing on biodiversity. They share concerns over climate change impacts and the necessity of adopting technologies that increase agricultural production and resilience.

To further their goals, the BRICS Ministers of Agriculture agree to form a “Strategic Alliance for Agricultural Research and Technology Cooperation” and establish mechanisms for technology transfer and data-sharing on agriculture, aiming to enhance efficiency and promote trade and investment in agriculture within the BRICS countries.

The Ministers adopted an Action Plan for 2012-2016, setting out priority areas and directions for cooperation, with each country coordinating specific areas. The BRICS nations also supported India to host the next meeting and celebrated the success of their second meeting, thanking China for its hosting efforts.

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