US, EU launch joint agriculture platform to tackle global sustainability and climate change challenges

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The EU Directorate General for Agriculture and Rural Development and US Agriculture Department announced the formation of of a transatlantic collaboration platform on agriculture for tackling global challenges of sustainability and climate change.

The platform will faciliate the exchange knowledge and information and promote mutual understanding to enhance global sustainable production, alleviate poverty and hunger, protect the environment, and confront climate change.

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