Session of the Committee on Agriculture (CCA) of the Food and Agriculture
Organization of the United Nations (FAO) , attended by the representatives of the
Rosselkhoznadzor and its subordinate institutions (FGBI "VGNKI", FGBI
"ARRIAH", FGBI "VNIIKR", FGBI "Grain Quality
Assessment Centre"), was held in a videoconference format on September 28 -
October 2, 2020.
sessions the delegates discussed the role of sustainable livestock farming in
achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), raised the COVID-19
pandemic issues and its impact on food security, nutrition and food systems.
Much attention was paid to prevention and response to dangerous animal and
plant diseases and pest outbreaks, antimicrobial resistance (AMR), sustainable
agricultural systems in drylands, biodiversity considerations and an integrated
approach to food systems.
members of the Committee also reviewed the Voluntary Code of Conduct on Food
Loss and Food Waste Prevention, the Rural Youth Action Plan, as well as agreed
to establish COAG Subcommittee on Livestock and discussed FAO's nutrition
strategy, food safety issues and the FAO Urban Food Agenda.
discussion of the agenda issue on prevention and response to dangerous animal
and plant diseases and pest outbreaks, a representative of the Russian
delegation highlighted the progress in maintaining official OIE statuses (recovering
Russia’s status of a country as FMD-free zone without vaccination in 2019 and maintaining
statuses of the country free from contagious bovine pleuropneumonia and peste
des petits ruminants in 2020). It was also noted that Russia is ready to
continue cooperation with FAO in the field of animal viral disease research including
diseases caused by coronaviruses. FGBI “ARRIAH” is preparing an application for
obtaining the status of FAO Reference center for Zoonotic Coronaviruses.
The Russian side also raised the issue of refusing antibiotic
use as animal growth promoters during the discussion of the FAO Progress Report
on the FAO Antimicrobial Resistance Action Plan 2016–2020.
COAG members noted the central role of the livestock
sector in achieving sustainable agricultural development. It contributes
directly or indirectly to the achievement of each of the 17 SDGs. Sustainable methods
of livestock management will improve food security, nutrition and healthy
diets, while contributing to inclusive economic growth, strengthening
livelihoods, maintaining animal health and welfare, and addressing
See the 27th Session materials at http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/coag/coag-27/documents/ru/.