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G7 International Forum for Empowering Women and Youth in the Agriculture and Food Systems

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) held "G7 International Forum for Empowering Women and Youth in the Agriculture and Food Systems" on Monday, December 12. Mr. Ken Saito, the State Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, attended the forum to make opening remarks. Mrs. Akie Abe, the Spouse of the Prime Minister of Japan, attended the forum as the commentator for the panel discussion of female farm managements from inside and outside the country.

1. Date and Venue

Date: Monday, December 12, 2016
Venue: Mita Conference Hall, Minato-ku, Tokyo

2. Participants

(1) Workshop for Policy Experts

Keynote Speakers
Mr. Randall S. Jones, Senior Economist, Economics Department, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)(PDF : 1,279KB)
Ms. Clara Mi Young Park, Regional Gender Officer, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)(PDF : 1,536KB)

G7 Presenters
Ms. Kazue Sato, Director of Young Farmers and Women Division, MAFF, Japan(PDF : 1,338KB)
Mr. Atsushi Suda, Principal Deputy Director of Economic Security Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan(PDF : 649KB)
Mr. Chris Anderson, First Secretary (Commercial) and Trade Commissioner, Embassy of Canada to Japan (PDF : 962KB)
Ms. Sabine Hofferer, Counsellor for Agricultural Affairs, Embassy of France in Tokyo(PDF : 506KB) 
Mr. Michael Kessler, Counsellor for Food and Agriculture, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Tokyo(PDF : 1,004KB)
Mr. Tommaso D'Ercole, Second Secretary, Embassy of Italy in Tokyo(PDF : 195KB)
Ms. Roz Campion, Minister-Counsellor for Economic Affairs, British Embassy Tokyo (PDF : 355KB)
Ms. Allison Thomas, Associate Administrator and General Sales Manager (Acting) for USDA/Foreign Agricultural Service(PDF : 961KB)
Ms. Mervi Kahlos, Counsellor, Trade and Economic Section, Delegation of the European Union to Japan(PDF : 1,410KB)

Other Participants
Ms. Elaine Humphreys, Counsellor, Economic Affairs Section, Embassy of Brazil in Tokyo
Ms. Nury Disegni, Counsellor for Agricultural Affairs, Embassy of Chile in Tokyo
Dr. Samuel B. Animas, Agriculture Attache, Philippine Embassy Tokyo
Mr. Kelembe Sitembele, Counsellor for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, South African Embassy in Tokyo
Mr. Choltisak Chawpaknum, Minister-Counselor (Agriculture), Royal Thai Embassy Tokyo
Ms. Pham Thi Thuyngoc, Second Secreatary, Embassy of the S.R. of VietNam in Tokyo

(2) Panel Discussion of Female Farm Managements

Opening Remarks
Mr. Ken Saito, State Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Mrs. Akie Abe, Spouse of the Prime Minister of Japan

Panel Discussion
Ms. Kumiko Takahashi, Vegetable grower, Member of Nougyou-Joshi Project, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Ms. Kayoko Maeda, Hog raiser, CEO of Seven Foods Inc., Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan
Ms. Karen Serres, Sheep breeder, Women Farmers Commission – Regional and Country President, FNSEA – President of Women Farmers Commission and Executive Board Member (2005-2014), France
Ms. Francine Rose Hartschuh, Hartschuh Dairy Farm, State of Ohio, USA

Mrs. Akie Abe, Spouse of the Prime Minister of Japan

Ms. Kazue Sato, Director of Young Farmers and Women Division, MAFF, Japan

3. Overview

(1) Workshop for Policy Experts
Keynote speeches by the participants from OECD and FAO were followed by the presentations of G7 members for sharing information about the situation of women and youth in agriculture as well as the policies and systems for empowering them. After the presentations, the participants discussed on the issues in planning policies for empowering women and youth.
Also, the participants agreed that the presentation materials used in the workshop should be shared on the internet so that the content of the event can be utilized for policy planning in many countries including G7 members and developing countries.

(2) Panel Discussion
Mr. Ken Saito and Mrs. Akie Abe made opening remarks, and Mrs. Abe stayed at the event to join in the panel discussion as the commentator.
Female farm managements from Japan, France, and the United States presented how they came to work as farmers, situations in farm management, roles of women in management, and their visions for the future. After the presentations, they actively discussed about the importance of empowering women in agriculture and how the strength of women can contribute to farm management.
Also, there was exhibitions of tractor, mower and other products developed in the Nougyou-joshi Project (women empowerment project promoted by MAFF) as well as the activities of 4H Club in Japan, which were introduced to the participants before the panel discussion.

           Workshop for policy experts                  Keynote speech by Mr. Jones from OECD           Keynote speech by Ms. Park from FAO

展示説明        フォトセッション
            Introducing the exhibition                        Nougyou-joshi and 4H club members                  Photo session with all participants

           Opening remarks of Mr. Saito                          Opening remarks of Mrs. Abe                                        Panelists

           Mrs. Abe making a comment                          The stage of panel discussion


[Logistics of the forum]
International Organizations Division, International Affairs Department, Minister’s Secretariat
Tel: 81-3-3502-8111 (ext. 3500), 81-3-6738-6155 (direct)
Fax: 81-3-3502-9735

[Women and youth empowerment policies]
Young Farmers and Women Division, Management Improvement Bureau
Tel: 81-3-3502-8111 (ext. 5194), 81-3-3502-6600 (direct)
Fax: 81-3-3593-2612