FAO Director-General QU Dongyu, pointed out in his video address ahead of the opening of the Global Forum that the world is going backwards in its efforts to eradicate hunger and malnutrition.
Getting hungry more and more
He say The number of people facing hunger increases in 2021 and it is at risk of further increase, especially among the most vulnerable, of whom nearly 80% live in rural areas. and is a small-scale, family farmer.
Family farmers around the world also face new challenges to food systems everywhere, created by the climate crisis as well as by conflict. The war in Ukraine has put additional pressure on already fragile agricultural systems, UN agencies say.
Mr. QU said the forum provides a way, first, to discuss “the unique role of family farmers in transforming our agricultural system; two, consider the achievements and challenges in implementing the UN Decade; and third, strengthen cooperation to ensure global food security, enhance livelihoods and achieve Sustainable development goals“.
“Family farmers need to be at the center of efforts to transform agricultural systems if we make real progress to end hunger,” said Qu.
He added that “family farming is the main form of agriculture in both developed and developing countries and are responsible for producing 80% of the world’s food“In terms of value.
He notes that often, these farming families struggle to feed their families.
Since its launch three years ago, the United Nations Decade of Family Farming has fostered integrated policies and investments to support family farmers, and FAO has supported the implementation of national initiatives. international tools and guidelines to strengthen family farming, Mr. Qu said on the virtual forum.
He also noted that FAO organizes Family farming knowledge base to facilitate the exchange of experience, innovation and specialized knowledge.
Besides, FAO Strategic Framework 2022-31 includes a priority work area to better support small-scale food producers and deliver concrete results.
Drive for the future
The main objectives of the Global Forum are to provide an overview of policy trends and the relevance of family farming for the global push towards the Sustainable Development Goals; state the main results of the first three years of implementation; and reorienting the UNDFF agenda through lessons learned to date.
Participants included representatives from national governments, government agencies, United Nations agencies, family farmers and their organizations, civil society organizations, as well as non-governmental; private sector, the media and academia.