FAO chief urges transformation of Africa’s food system

AFRICA must seize the momentum of agri-food systems by unlocking its potential through transformation and capacity building, says Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations Director-General Qu Dongyu.
Speaking ahead of the 33rd Session of the FAO Regional Ministers of Agriculture Conference for Africa to be held from April18 to 20 in Morocco, Mr Qu said Africa holds the key to moving towards a world free from hunger and poverty.
“It is in Africa where enormous gains can be made, and agri-food systems transformation is the definitive foundation for the continent to realise sustainable development and modernisation. The meeting of ministers of agriculture is a pivotal moment for collective action.
“And I urge African nations to seize the momentum of agrifood systems transformation to unlock benefits across food security and nutrition, the economy and equality, the environment and resilience,” he said.
Mr Qu said FAO has outlined its strategic vision for the years ahead through the FAO Strategic Framework 2022-2031, which focuses on the “four betters” – better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life – without leaving anyone behind.
“The four betters are not just a vision; they are a call to action.
They are the pathways through which countries can transform agri-food systems to be more efficient, more inclusive, more resilient, and more sustainable to deliver on the commitments of the Sustainable Development Goals and the post-Malabo agenda.
“By encouraging better production through such means as mechanisation, digitalisation, agri-food industrialisation and green-powered irrigation, African nations can boost productivity and efficiency and enhance resilience to the climate crisis,” he said.
He said more than one billion Africans cannot afford a healthy diet, and this is simply unacceptable.
“By encouraging better nutrition, FAO is working with countries and other partners to make healthy diets affordable and accessible for all. A better environment is essential for Africa’s living conditions and long-term future.
“Actions such as those under the Great Green Wall and FAO’s Green Cities Initiative are helping to reclaim degraded land, promote sustainable land use, adapt to the climate crisis and support sustainable urban food systems,” Mr Qu said…https://enews.daily-mail.co.zm/welcome/home