20 April 2022 – FAO Director-Normal Qu Dongyu highlighted the job of innovation and partnerships in accomplishing the 4 Betters, on his to start with check out to South Africa as head of the UN agency.
The Director-Standard began the mission on 19 April by conference Ambassador Francis Moloi, Chief Director at the Department of Worldwide Relations and Cooperation of South Africa (DIRCO). The two reviewed deepening the partnership between FAO and South Africa for agrifood techniques transformation.
He then achieved the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Progress, Angela Thoko Didiza. Qu started by supplying his condolences for the life dropped in current flooding in South Africa.
The two talked over the part of innovation in advancing agrifood units transformation in South Africa, and the country’s major part in advancing transformation across the southern Africa sub-area through the Southern African Progress Group (SADC). The Director Common also shared with the Minister the One particular Place 1 Precedence Product or service (OCOP) initiative, and reviewed the opportunities it can give to the state.
They also discussed checking out options for furthering the collaboration involving FAO and South Africa, and amplifying the partnership to realize the Four Betters as established out in the FAO Strategic Framework 2022-31: improved output, greater diet, a improved surroundings, and a better everyday living for all, leaving no one powering.
Through the meeting, the Minister emphasised the country’s potent innovation ecosystem and the great importance of digitalization in agriculture, including precision farming, GIS-primarily based applications and mobile-based programs.
They also discussed FAO’s 1000 Electronic Villages initiative and the potential for collaboration to offer digital expert services to farming communities.
Afterwards in the day, the Director-General frequented laboratories at the Vegetable, Industrial and Medicinal Plant (VIMP) Institute at the Agricultural Research Council, a major scientific investigate institution in South Africa. He toured the facilities and achieved researchers and teachers from a variety of institutions and discussed attainable areas of collaboration in economics, figures, data, investigation progress, and innovation for effective, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agrifood devices. Exploration institutions and academia are key in supplying science and proof based innovative options that can help build potential and awareness of smallholder farmers in South Africa and past.
On Wednesday, the Director-Standard fulfilled reps of non-public sector companies in South Africa, like the Agricultural Business Chamber of South Africa (AgriBiz), the potato field (Potato SA), and the South African Avocado Growers Association (SAAGA). The group talked about strategic partnerships for agrifood systems transformation. Strengthened collaboration between FAO and the personal sector is instrumental to accelerating sustainable agrifood units transformation.
The working day concluded with a meeting with the Director-General of the Office of Natural environment, Forestry and Fisheries of South Africa, Nomfundo Tshabalala. The two discussed how to reinforce cooperation amongst FAO and the Department in the regions of environmental management, conservation and defense.