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FAO Director-General Emphasizes Biodiversity's Role to Food Systems
Posted by: Prof. Dr. M. Raupp (IP Logged)
Date: March 08, 2020 01:29PM

Director-General Qu Dongyu of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
stressed on the importance of biodiversity for human beings, stating that it
is also fundamental for ecosystems and is the basis of food diversity. He
said that agriculture and food systems are the heart of the concept of
sustainable development.

This was part of his message during the second meeting of the Open-Ended
Working Group established by the Convention on Biological Diversity that FAO
is hosting. According to Qu, food is produced in ways that imply some
transformation of the environment. Thus, it is important that careful
discussions are made about the type and scale of transformations that humans
are prepared to accept.

The meeting is part of the series of activities lined-up throughout the year
that will lead to the UN Biodiversity Conference in Kunming, China in
October 2020. Qu is urging for a robust outcome during the Convention on
Biological Diversity negotiations wherein the output will be the Post-2020
Biodiversity Framework and will set the course of the biodiversity for the
next 10 years and beyond. The meetings aim to address the growing challenge
of global food production to feed 9 billion people by 2050 while avoiding
overexploitation of natural resources.


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