0904 GMT January 15, 2021
The videoconference has been organized by the cooperation of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.
The event attended 46 member states, private sector and civil society organizations in the region, providing an inclusive platform to examine ways forward to strengthen the resilience of agro-food systems and livelihoods, and mitigate the effects of COVID-19 and climate change on agricultural sectors in the most populated part of the world, according to IRNA.
Engaging actively in the discussions held on solutions strategies, the Iranian delegation underscores the need to increase the investment in food systems and promoting the utilization of digital technologies in this sector, as the two key factors to boost both productivity and sustainability of agricultural activities.
The 35th session of the FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific, organized virtually for September 1-4, 2020, is focused on the impact of COVID-19 on food and agriculture; setting regional priorities to manage water for agriculture under conditions of water scarcity; building sustainable and resilient food systems; harnessing innovation and digital agriculture and implementing FAO’s Hand-in-Hand Initiative, and end hunger and all forms of malnutrition across the region.
Home to more than half a billion of the world’s undernourished people, Asia and the Pacific region due to COVID-19-linked lockdowns is experiencing an economic slowdown, widespread job losses, collapsing incomes, and falling remittances that further threatened the food security and increased the acute hunger in the region.
These circumstances require collective efforts and FAO and its national counterparts call on all stakeholders and interests groups to link the arms to tackle these converging challenges in the Asia and the Pacific.