French rural landscape
14 December 2017

France-FAO Framework Agreement: more sustainable agricultural and food systems to tackle the climate challenge

A new France-FAO Framework Agreement (2018-2021) has just been signed in Paris. This places the fight against climate change, multi-performance in agriculture and eradication of hunger at the top of the collaborative agenda between France and FAO (United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation), with a view to meeting the aims of the 2030 Agenda and Paris agreement.

During the agreement's signing, Stéphane Travert, Minister of Agriculture and Food, stressed the importance of ensuring decent wages for smallholder farmers and of meeting both consumers' and citizens' expectations.

Together with José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of FAO, the Minister thus hailed the progress made in the agricultural negotiations at COP23 and pointed out how agriculture's role in addressing climate change is now broadly recognised among the international community. For them, FAO has a key role to play in driving and supporting nations' efforts in adapting their agricultural and food systems.

In this respect, José Graziano da Silva would like FAO to join the "One Planet" coalition launched by the President of the Republic.

In conjunction with the One Planet Summit, Mr Graziano de Silva took part in events organised to boost the mobilisation and implementation of tangible solutions in favour of the climate. Accordingly, a meeting at the World Bank office in Paris on land and soil carbon sequestration shone the spotlight on the initiative "4/1000 Initiative: Soils for Food Security and Climate”, backed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food and of which FAO is a member.

Stéphane Travert and José Graziano da Silva renewed their pledge to promote agroecological practices as a promising solution to the challenges of tomorrow. The Director-General of FAO also announced that a second symposium on agroecology would take place in Rome in April 2018 and invited the Minister to take part.

He also presented the work FAO is doing on sustainable livestock, in which France is actively involved, as well as on agriculture's role in preventing migratory phenomena. The Minister repeated the key points of the message he had conveyed on these very priorities in Rome on World Food Day, on 16 October 2017, and assured FAO of his support in pressing on with this work.