The Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), QU Dongyu, has tasked policymakers to find a way to feed the world and save the planet at the same time.
Dongyu, who made this known at the ongoing G20 Leaders’ Summit in Rome, Italy, noted that climate variables can compromise the ability to produce sufficient amounts of nutritious foods, increase poverty, and deepen inequalities.
Politicians need to take stronger leadership; People need to take ownership, and all society must work in a coherent partnership based on science and innovation.
According to him, agri-food systems around the globe are threatened by a host of factors ranging from civil conflicts to biodiversity loss, adding that the COVID-19 pandemic had exacerbated the problem, pushing more than 800 million people into chronic hunger, while another 3 billion cannot afford healthy diets.
Dongyu warned that with just nine agricultural seasons until the 2030 target date for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), there was a need for urgent climate actions.
He said: “Politicians need to take stronger leadership; People need to take ownership, and all society must work in a coherent partnership based on science and innovation.”
Meanwhile, leaders at the Summit recognised the importance of sustainable agri-food systems, not only to combat hunger but to also contribute to tackling the interlinked global challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss.
The G20 Leaders’ Summit was hosted by Prime Minister, Mario Draghi, of Italy and had many presidents and heads of government representing around two-thirds of the world’s population in attendance.