FAO calls for international cooperation to combat hunger, climate change

The head of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Friday that political leaders of the G20 countries should play a key role in tackling global hunger and climate change.

Addressing participants at the G20 parliamentary summit, FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu said on Friday that the organization is eager to support efforts to combat hunger and malnutrition, Xinhua news agency reported.

Qu said, this meeting is probably one of the most important meetings held under the Italian G20 presidency.

It brings together officials who can develop policies and legal tools to address the challenges we face on a global scale.

He said the FAO recognizes that parliamentarians are strategic partners, as they create the legal framework, approve public budget allocations and ensure government accountability on international commitments.

During the Italian presidency of the G20 (which ends this year) member states have renewed and strengthened their political commitment to global food security and better nutrition.

Speaking at the G20 Business 20 gathering on Friday, Qu Dongyu called for transformed and more inclusive agri-food systems to survive the economic downturn.

The FAO chief warned, saying the most devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on food security and nutrition was due to the unprecedented scale of the economic slowdown.

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