Food Agricultural Organisation (FAO) UN has stressed the need to achieve zero hunger and malnutrition by stepping up global efforts to make agriculture more sustainable.
The FAO National Communication Officer, David Tsokar, said this in Abuja.
Tsokar said one of the priorities of the UN agency was to set up global efforts to achieve food sufficiency.
He said that the priorities of FAO include stepping up global efforts to achieve zero hunger and focus on making agriculture more sustainable.
He said FAO would play a role in addressing global challenges that had to do with increasing rates of hunger and malnutrition, climate change and ongoing natural resource depletion and environmental pollution.
“The growing spread of trans-boundary animal and plant pests and diseases,” he said.
Tsokar called for urgent actions to achieve zero hunger and targeted poverty eradication, while driving agricultural and rural sustainable development through innovation.
He called for special focus on strengthening agriculture in tropical and dry land areas, saying they were home to some of the most vulnerable populations in the world.
The official promised to build on the UN agency strength by making it more dynamic, transparent and inclusive.
He stressed the need to encourage developed countries to match their strengths in terms of funds, technology and management with those of developing countries such as land and workforce resources.
He said FAO would scale up new partnerships and cooperative mechanisms including other UN agencies, governments, businesses and academia and research institutes.
He said that FAO’s South-South Cooperation (SSC) could further facilitate and promote the sharing of agriculture development concepts, policy measures, practical technologies and farmers’ innovations.
The FAO has elected Mr Qu Dongyu as its New Director General.
Dongyu was the former Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of China.