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BRICS Agriculture Ministers Meetings, September 26, 2019, Bonito, Brazil

At the Ninth BRICS Ministers of Agriculture Meeting held in Bonito, Brazil, on September 25-26, 2019, Ministers from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa convened under the theme “Promoting Innovation and Actions to Enhance New Solutions for Food Production Systems.” The assembly highlighted the imperative of agricultural development in the face of global population growth projected at 9.8 billion by 2050 and anticipated increases in global demand for energy, water, and food by 2030. Recognizing their significant share in global trade and governance, BRICS nations reiterated their commitment to agricultural cooperation, pledging to enhance mechanisms for innovation, agri-tech entrepreneurship, trade, and sustainable development—aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Ministers committed to implementing the BRICS 2017-2020 Agricultural Cooperation Action Plan and strengthening a multilateral trade system that embraces science, transparency, and inclusivity. They acknowledged the transformative impact of Industry 4.0 technologies on agriculture, emphasizing the importance of rural digital connectivity and the Internet of Things (IoT), supporting projects to expand digital infrastructure in rural areas. The vital role of Intellectual Property (IP) and the visibility of geographical indications (GIs) for economic growth were also recognized.

BRICS countries expressed a joint interest in fostering agritech startups and enhancing investment facilitation for inclusive and sustainable growth. The meeting underscored the need for improving trade through dialogue, facilitation efforts, and adherence to international sanitary and phytosanitary standards. They discussed e-commerce, scientific research, and maintaining trade rules rooted in scientific principles.

On the sustainable development front, they endorsed farming practices that bolster environmental quality, the potential of modern biotechnology, and the development of sustainable production systems. The member nations committed to increasing the use of renewable energy in agriculture, applying eco-friendly technologies to minimize food waste, and supporting soil erosion prevention measures.

Acknowledging the societal and environmental benefits of organic farming and sustainable agricultural intensification, the Ministers called for smooth trade of organic products and standards recognition among member states. Women’s roles in farming were spotlighted, with an aim for gender equality in the sector.

In conclusion, BRICS Ministers anticipated future collaboration to enhance food productivity, safety, and environmental security through digital agriculture, improved value chains, and better incomes for farmers. 

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