Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau has had a busy agenda this week. 

Following her visit to the Phillipines she took part in the G20 Agriculture Ministers' Meeting where they discussed what is at stake for the future of agriculture.

"The G-20 meetings provided an important opportunity for Canada to highlight our ability to support global demand and have food security, which is rapidly decreasing as a result of Russia's invasion. It was also an opportunity to promote Canadian agricultural interests regarding trade supply chains and environmental sustainability."

Bibeau also had bilateral meetings with her counterparts from Indonesia, the US, India, the EU and Turkey to discuss growing trade opportunities for Canadian farmers 
and food processors.

Indonesia, with a population of more than 110 million is a priority market for Canadian agriculture and agri-fod exportsm which reached $567 million in 2021. 

The country is a top destination for Canadian soy, with non-durum wheat and frozen pork products making the list as top exports.

She says her G20 counterparts also renewed their commitment to sustainable agriculture and cutting edge research.

"Which is the best way to increase farmers incomes, grow production, and feed the planet. We are sharing our experience with living labs with our G20 colleagues. Right across Canada, this made in Canada approach is helping Canadian farmers find sustainable solutions that work for farmers on their farms."

G20 members also condemned Russia's invasion of Ukraine and outlined the serious consequences for the ag sector, food prices and food security.

She notes Canada has already stepped up with funding for grain storage, and equipment in Ukraine, humanitarian aid, and satellite data for agricultural  monitoring.