Zimbabwe is playing host to the the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) regional conference.
This year’s event will discuss current country and regional priorities and pressing issues in the region including the COVID-19 pandemic’s impacts on food security and nutrition, the urgent need for food systems transformation, and innovations and partnerships to drive progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.
In his message to open the conference, QU Dongyu, Director-General of FAO said the COVID-19 pandemic had cast a harsh light on existing inequalities and vulnerabilities in Africa, triggering unprecedented challenges to the continent’s food systems, despite the fight of farmers, no matter the size, to keep producing and delivering food for all.
“Even before the pandemic hit, hunger was already on the rise in the region. In this uncertain time, we need to promote innovation, solidarity, coherence and strong partnership among and within African countries. In this sense, FAO is bringing together its African Members, from Angola to Zimbabwe, as well as representatives from partner organizations, the private sector, civil society and other stakeholders for the 31st Session of FAO’s Regional Conference for Africa. The aim is to discuss the priority issues that matter for food and agriculture on the continent as we fast approach the deadlines for achieving Sustainable Development Goal 2 Zero Hunger by 2030 and the African Union’s Malabo targets on food security and nutrition by 2025.”QU Dongyu, Director-General of FAO
More than 80 Ministers and deputy Ministers from more than 45 countries are taking part, as well as representatives from observer countries, donor organizations, civil society and the private sector.
The conference will end on Wednesday October 28.