They create an alliance for the UN Food Systems Summit – Prensa Latina

This alliance will be formed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Program.

The important meeting, called by the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, to promote a profound transformation in food systems, will bring together in New York the heads of state and government of all member states of the Global Forum.

The Food and Agriculture Organization, the International Fund for Agricultural Development and the World Food Program hope to prepare for the participation of Latin America and the Caribbean in this event, and to promote discussions on transforming food systems, which will allow the identification of common problems and opportunities in the region. On Monday in this capital.

These discussions, which will take place on May 27 and June 16 and 23, the first of which will focus on strengthening linkages in food systems, with innovative alliances between local agriculture and school feeding.

The United Nations reported that the second will go into improving the resilience of the agri-food sector and enhancing financing for development, while the third will seek to build bridges between social policies and productive inclusion, through digital innovation and technology.

This will allow a regional agenda to be drawn up for presentation to the summit, as well as to the previous summit, which is to be held in July in Rome.

Julio Berdigi, FAO Regional Representative, noted that it is imperative to find answers on how to enable everyone to eat better and healthier food, while maintaining environmentally sustainable and climate-resilient production.

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He added that this will depend on the agreements reached at the summit, ‘and warned that food systems today are suffering from the effects of climate change, and social inequalities have been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Rosana Bolastri, Director of the International Fund for Agricultural Development for Latin America and the Caribbean, considered that family farming produces up to 80 percent of the food in the region, which ensures food and nutritional security, but is very neglected.

He explained that despite being exposed to climate change, it receives only 1.7 per cent of the funding to combat this phenomenon.

For his part, Miguel Barreto, Regional Director of the World Food Program, stated that the goal should be to build food systems that can withstand climate shocks while providing sustainable and affordable food for all and decent livelihoods for producers.

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