The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Senegalese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Equipment (MAER) celebrate this Friday, August 16, 2020 in Diaminiadio, World Agriculture Day (JMA) focused on the theme “Cultivate, nourish, preserve. Together “.
The official JMA ceremony is being held under the effective chairmanship of the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Equipment (MAER), Moussa Baldé, according to a press release.
The same source indicates that a scientific videoconference was scheduled for Thursday, October 15, 2020 to “discuss the theme and talk about the various initiatives implemented by the Government, technical and financial partners, the private sector, civil society, organizations of producers, etc. to build sustainable food systems ”.
While agricultural productivity “has been dramatically improved” in recent decades with global production more than enough to feed everyone, food systems are nonetheless “imbalanced”, FAO noted.
“Hunger, obesity, environmental degradation, loss of agro-biological diversity, food loss and waste and lack of safety for workers in the food chain are just some of the problems that show this imbalance. “, She explains in a press release.
More than 2 billion human beings do not have regular access to safe, nutritious and sufficient food, underlines the UN organization, adding that according to the 2020 world report on food crises, 135 million people in 55 countries and territories are acutely food insecure and in need of emergency food, nutrition and livelihood assistance.
World Food Day (WFD 2020) calls for the creation of more resilient and robust food systems to “provide healthy, affordable and sustainable food for all and decent livelihoods for workers in the food system”.
According to the FAO, the 40th JMA edition “raises awareness of how everyone has a role to play in transforming our food systems by changing the way we produce, process, consume and waste our food”.
The 2020 JMA, which marks the 75th anniversary of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), “is also being held in a very exceptional context where the whole world is facing the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic”.
As countries begin to develop and implement Covid-19 recovery plans, FAO calls for cooperation so that the impacts of Covid-19 on food security and agricultural livelihoods are addressed, through innovative solutions.
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