African countries convene at UN FAO conference to plan way out of hunger crisis
First virtual FAO Regional Conference for Africa begins
The COVID-19 pandemic, rising levels of hunger and malnutrition, and growing swarms of locusts are the backdrop for the 31st Session of the Regional Conference for Africa, starting today, convened by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. More than 80 Ministers and deputy Ministers from more than 45 countries are taking part, as well as representatives from observer countries, donor organizations, civil society and the private sector. Hundreds of delegates will join the Zoom sessions over the next three days, and many more will watch the live webcast.
“The Government of Zimbabwe is pleased to be supporting and to be part of this important forum,” said Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement, Anxious Jongwe Masuka, whose country is hosting the event and who is the Conference Chair. “We look forward to the solid recommendations to strengthen nations post COVID-19,” he said.
FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Africa Abebe Haile-Gabriel made a call for bold action during his opening remarks.
“There is no other options than taking bold and accelerated collaborative actions to address these overlapping crises and build back better,” he said.