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International – Stuttgart – Ministers of Agriculture of the G7 industrialized countries conclude meetings – politics

Stuttgart (dpa) – Population growth, climate change and the aftermath of the Ukrainian war: Agriculture faces major international challenges. On Saturday (10:30 am) in Stuttgart, the Agriculture Ministers of the major Western industrialized countries (G7) want to discuss what sustainable agriculture should look like in the future. The main goal is to conserve natural resources and limit the harmful effects on climate, soil, water and air.

With the war in Ukraine, international food security has become a priority for politicians. Cereal markets are tense all over the world, prices are going up. Ukraine is struggling to keep its grain in the world.

The group of ministers led by the head of the German department Cem Özdemir (Greens) discussed on Friday with the Minister of Agriculture of Ukraine Mykola Solskyj how to help the war-torn country. The main focus was on alternative grain export routes by road, rail and Danube. Solskyj increased exports through the Baltic ports. Ukraine is one of the largest producers of grain in the world, but currently cannot export anything due to the Black Sea ports blocked by Russia.

Germany currently chairs the G7. In addition to Germany, the group includes the United States, Canada, France, Britain, Italy, and Japan.

The global food supply was also the subject of a phone call between Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday. “The chancellor reminded that Russia has a special responsibility here,” government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit said.

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