February 3, 2023

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FAO for seeds with high resistance to climatic hazards

Posted by AFP on 04.11.2021 at 4:25 pm

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the growth of the green seed sector is important to feed the growing world population. How to feed the world’s population, which is expected to reach 10 billion by 2050? “Farmers should be allowed access to quality seeds as part of a change in agro-food systems,” the FAO argues.

“Farmers around the world need access to seeds of plants that are more productive, more nutritious and more resistant to climate hazards,” he explains.

According to FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu, “There can be no good yield without good seeds. Seeds are the cornerstone of agro-food systems. We depend on them to produce food, fodder, fiber and fuel, and they create a welcoming environment.”

In Rome (Italy) this Thursday Mr. Tongyu took the lead.

Mrs. Director of the Pan-African Organization of Agricultural Producers. Fatma Ben Rezeb, Improving the quality of resilient seeds in the face of seasonal stress, improving the utilization of natural resources and strengthening food and nutrient protection make significant contributions to increasing yields. Economic growth and increasing the income of farmers.

In addition, he recalled the importance of ancestral knowledge of small farmers, presenting them as “machines of agricultural development”. “

The two-day conference will bring together a large number of participants, including representatives from civil society, international organizations, FAOs and the public and private sectors, to present their views, case studies and their priorities to stimulate discussion.

Green and climate-tolerant agriculture is essential for sustainability, he said, adding that it will achieve food security, improve the well-being of the people and provide employment.

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According to the FAO Director-General, farmers need to produce 50% more food to feed the entire population. He says the only way to achieve this goal is to increase crop production through science and innovation.

The third in the conference series was the first conference in Cambridge (UK) in 1999 and the second in 2009 at the FAO headquarters in Rome (Italy). These include four priorities, including raising awareness about the role of the seed industry, including small and medium enterprises, in green innovations in sustainable plant production. And aims to enhance intergovernmental cooperation, especially through public-private partnerships and international cooperation, to improve access to resources and knowledge and information sharing.