Brazil’s role in providing food for the world was highlighted by the German Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, Ilse Aigner, during a meeting with Minister Mendes Ribeiro Filho this Monday morning (August 27). “Food security is one of the central problems facing the world today and will certainly become even more important in the coming years. Brazil plays the role of a ‘traffic light’ in international agricultural policy,” said Ilse Aigner.
Mendes Ribeiro Filho stressed that although Brazil has steadily increased food production, it continues to work to meet the challenges ahead. “We have worked in cooperation with the Brazilian Enterprise for Agricultural Research (Embrapa), which is essential in order for production to increase. This is a task for all of us. Therefore, it is important to maintain a close relationship with Germany. The more interconnected we become, the more we will do,” he stated.
The German minister came to Brazil with the intention of strengthening relations in cooperative areas, paying particular attention to a policy of avoiding post-harvest food losses. Trilateral cooperative projects involving Brazil, Germany and African countries should also be entered into, with the promotion of cooperatives in Kenya. Exchange among researchers in agriculture is another point of interest to Germany. On the Brazilian side, the initiative has already begun to be put into operation with the installation of a virtual laboratory in the European country. “Ten percent of my department’s budget is invested in research. We want to take a few more steps to improve relationships with Brazilian researchers,” said Ilse Aigner.
Brazil has again been invited to participate in the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture, which will be held in Berlin in January 2013. The main topic will be investment in agriculture, particularly in the private financing of small farmers, seeking cooperation between the public and private sectors in various different countries. The Minister Ilse Aigner also strengthened the call for Brazil to be the anchor country, theme of the largest food and beverage fair in the world, Anuga, in October 2013.
Agricultural exports to Germany totaled US$ 3.5 billion in 2011 and imports closed at US$ 414.1 million. Coffee is one of the main products that help to tilt the trade balance in Brazil’s favor. The minister said that procedures will be developed to facilitate trade between the two countries.
Source: Ministry of Agriculture