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FAO stresses the need to shift towards sustainable agricultural systems to achieve food security

The representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Algeria, Irina Kouplevatskaya-Buttoud, stressed today, Monday, the need to shift towards sustainable agricultural systems to achieve food security.

In a speech she delivered during the celebration ceremony for the World Nutrition Day, organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, in the presence of members of the government, the FAO representative explained that “it is urgent to strengthen food and agricultural systems and turn them into sustainable systems in light of the crises the world is witnessing, especially the Coronavirus pandemic and the effects resulting from climate change”.

In this context, she affirmed that FAO will continue to provide “full support for the transitions towards more efficient, inclusive, sustainable and resilient agricultural systems for better production and nutrition.”

She also called for concerted efforts to enhance production, improve the environment and achieve equal access to food across the world.

In a recorded speech broadcast during the ceremony, FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu considered that the transformation of food and agricultural systems has become a “reality” that must be met in order to eradicate hunger in the world.

To bring about this systemic shift, “you have to start changing the behaviors and choices the average consumer makes on a daily basis about what they consume, where to buy them and how to pack them. All of these things affect our agricultural and food systems and the future,” says Mr. Dongyu.

She also referred to the context in which this day is being celebrated, as “this year coincides with a difficult phase the world is going through, represented by the Coronavirus pandemic and its repercussions on the economies of countries.”

 

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