Poland's agriculture minister addresses IFAD session

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Agriculture Minister Jan Krzysztof Ardanowski on Wednesday attended the 43rd session of the UN's International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in Rome. Poland joined the organisation on January 29.

In his speech at the conference, Ardanowski talked about the importance of ensuring food security worldwide and said that IFAD had an important role to play in building sustained food supply systems and eliminating malnutrition.

Ardanowski especially criticised wastefulness with regard to food, saying that throwing food away was immoral in face of the millions who were hungry worldwide. He also pointed out that discarded food accounted for 8 percent of the Earth's greenhouse emissions and 30 percent of the planet's total agricultural output.

On the sidelines of the meeting, Ardanowski spoke with IFAD President Gilbert Houngbo, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Qu Dongyu, and the Italian agriculture minister.