FAO Director-Basic spoke on the regional dialogue on agri-food methods transformation
25 Could 2021, Rome/Budapest – The area of Europe and Central Asia is an financial and agricultural powerhouse that boasts numerous cultures, agri-food methods and climatic zones, FAO Director-Basic QU Dongyu stated as we speak. This variety, he added, supplies alternatives to share expertise and good practices inside the area and past, however to untap this potential the area wants extra funding and innovation.
The FAO Director-Basic was talking at the Regional Dialogue for Europe and Central Asia on coverage and governance points to rework agri-food methods.
A wealthy trade of views and dynamic dialogue happened amongst senior authorities officers, civil society organizations, academia, personal sector representatives, farmers, producers’ organizations, in addition to youth representatives and most people concerned about meals and nutrition-related points.
The members famous that the world is dealing with unprecedented challenges which might be turning into more and more complicated and new pathways for the planet and other people should be mentioned and shared. They agreed that the area can and may play a key function on this dialog driving the event of game-changing options to rework agri-food methods. This debate is especially necessary within the run-up to the UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) in September this 12 months.
In his opening remarks, the FAO Director-Basic stated that with 690 million individuals already chronically undernourished, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the scenario additional, exposing the fragility of present agri-food methods.
In accordance with the 2021 Global Report on Food Crises, battle, excessive climate, financial shocks – together with as a result of COVID-19 – pushed a further 155 million individuals into acute meals insecurity in 2020. Furthermore, three billion individuals nonetheless can’t afford wholesome diets, and unsafe meals provides are affecting one in 10 individuals.
Beneath the present circumstances, the holistic redesign of agri-food methods is essential, QU acknowledged. We have to transfer in direction of methods that sustainably ship wholesome diets, relieve strain on the planet’s pure sources and drive inclusive financial development, he stated. The FAO Director-Basic additionally identified that agri-food methods needs to be truthful and equitable, guaranteeing first rate employment to all in all levels of the meals provide chain.
Talking on the occasion, Martin Frick, Deputy of the UN Secretary-Basic’s Particular Envoy for the Meals System Summit 2021, highlighted the significance of constructing agri-food methods extra inclusive, specializing in these “who’re the furthest behind” – indigenous populations, rural poor, and landless farmers. He additionally famous that innovation ought to go in two instructions – equipping smallholder farmers with precision knowledge and instruments, but in addition selling social innovation within the type of participatory fashions and collective decision-making.
Dmitry Mariyasin, Deputy Government Secretary of the United Nations Financial Fee for Europe (UNECE), underscored the round economic system’s essential function in making agri-food methods extra sustainable, with out compromising financial development, which is especially necessary within the post-COVID-19 restoration part. This entails closing materials loops, optimizing recycling alternatives, and decreasing meals waste within the agri-food system, he added.
In his welcoming remarks, Vladimir Rakhmanin, FAO Regional Consultant for Europe and Central Asia, referred to as on nations within the area to accentuate efforts to elevate the triple burden of malnutrition – undernourishment, micronutrient deficiencies and obese and weight problems. That is a necessary driver for attaining the Sustainable Improvement Targets (SDGs), he added, noting that the area can pave the way in which for sustainable agriculture and agri-food methods.