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FAO conference ends with call for sustainable agriculture

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The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Regional Conference for Europe concluded on the 6th of May, as members called for better nutrition, food security and more sustainable agriculture practices in pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) over the next two years in Europe and Central Asia, explained the Hurriyet Daily News.

Ministers, delegates, civil society groups and other participants called on the FAO to work with them on growing food for expanding populations and international markets while using more sustainable practices, on the sidelines of the 30th FAO Regional Conference held in the Mediterranean province of Antalya, between the 4th and the 6th of May.

Meanwhile, policies and other forms of support for family-run farms, strengthening of the agri-food trade, combating illegal fishing and support to women and youth were also emphasized within the event. FAO members discussed the “Save and Grow” or ecosystem-based agriculture, which is a new paradigm being advanced by the organization. The FAO has promoted an approach called “climate-smart agriculture” emphasizing productivity, adaptation and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

FAO Director General Jose Graziano da Silva said, “the conference was very successful; the numbers show it. We have attendance of 42 countries plus the EU delegates, out of the 53 countries in the region”.


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