NERC 35 to convene virtually September 21-22
18/09/2020 18:58, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - The 35th session of the FAO Regional Conference for the Near East and North Africa (NERC 35) will convene virtually on September 21-22, under the theme “Transforming Food Systems to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals”.

It will be hosted by the Sultanate of Oman.

During the two-day online conference, ministers of agriculture, partner organizations, sister agencies and senior officials of Member Countries will meet to elaborate on regional challenges and priorities related to this topic in the Near East and North Africa region.

This will ensure the effectiveness of FAO’s impact in the region and will help in defining its work priorities for the following biennium.

FAO said in a statement food systems across the Near East and North Africa (NENA) need to change in order to ensure healthy diets for a growing, increasingly urban population in a context of water scarcity and advancing climate change.

The COVID-19 pandemic could still negatively affect some MENA countries in the future, according to FAO.

A deepening global economic recession and a prolonged period of disruption of global and local supply chains could have a significant impact on food production, availability and access.

“Transformation of food systems address the challenges of ensuring availability, access, stability and use of food in ways that provide smallholder producers and rural communities with opportunities in terms of driving income-growth, employment and increases in food production and productivity, while ensuring the sustainability of the region’s ecosystems and addressing climate change adaptation and mitigation targets”, the organisation stressed.

“Innovation and digitalisation remain to be limitedly used resources in this field, and harnessing their power would be a powerful and efficient way to promote transforming food systems to achieve sustainable development,” the FAO also said.    



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