Aussie farmers to feed a hungry world
Often Labor and the Greens wax lyrical about global agendas and targets on a range of issues such as climate change, gay marriage etc. But we never hear a peep out the Left when it comes to the United Nations target to double agricultural production by 2030.
The Nationals plans to build major water infrastructure and to challenge Labor states who impose restrictive vegetation management laws aren’t just about defending our farmers and growing our regional economies; it’s also about delivering on Australia’s global and moral responsibility to help feed and clothe the world.
By 2030 the world’s population is expected to grow by about another billion people to reach 8.5 billion; and to reach 10 billion by 2050.
The world needs to be fed. And those, such as Labor and the Greens, who stand in the way of building dams; stand in the way of live cattle; and stand in the way of letting farmers actually farm, will be responsible for driving global hunger. It’s as serious as that.
The world is coming to an epiphany where in the moral hierarchy, feeding the world's people is at the top. If you stand in the way of dams then you stand in the way of water; and if you stand in the way of water, then you stand in the way of food.
Two weeks ago I attended the G20 Meeting of Agriculture Ministers in Berlin, along with a series of associated forums, where Australia spearheaded discussions on global food and water security.
All G20 Ministers reaffirmed our commitment to the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes the goal of doubling agricultural productivity.
Ensuring we have enough safe, nutritious, sustainable and affordable food to feed the world will only be possible if we continue to boost the productivity and profitability of the agricultural sector, manage water resources sensibly, and have strong trade relationships locked in place.
The Coalition’s policies to offer significant investment to build water infrastructure are key to delivering on the G20 and United Nations expectations, along with the Coalition Government’s significant investment in research and development funding.
While attending the G20 meeting I also took the opportunity to drive agricultural trade expansion. I held separate meetings with the EU Agriculture Commissioner, China’s Minister for Agriculture, and Britain’s Secretary of State for Food and Rural Affairs.
We have a very strong trade agreement in place with China and both nations are keen to see that continue to flourish.
Equally, Australia envisages great potential to develop a Free Trade Agreement with the EU and also new cooperation opportunities with the United Kingdom following it’s ‘Brexit’ decision.
caption: Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce chairing a water session at the global forum for food and agriculture in Berlin.