On November 3, within the context of the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference, WFO President Theo de Jager joined the event « Accelerating the implementation of the Paris Agreement through innovative climate-resilient agri-food systems« , organised by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

The event aimed to showcase the importance of technological innovation at all levels for achieving climate-resilient agri-food systems that provide affordable and healthy diets for alltackle climate changeincrease resilience for the most vulnerable, and revert loss of nature and biodiversity.

Moderated by Zitouni Ould-Dada, FAO, the panel discussion featured the participation of Maria Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy Director-General, Jyotsna Puri, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), David Nabarro, 4SD, Tomas Duncan Jurado, Permanent Representative of Panama to FAO, the World Food Programme (WFP), and IFAD, Ezgi Barcenas, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Torgny Holmgren, Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) and Eduardo Mansur, FAO.

WFO President reminded participants that digitalisation and industrialisation have « made the world very small for farmers » by increasing competition. As agriculture plays a crucial role in the food systems, the key is to ensure that « innovation improve farmers’ work and make it efficient« . He argued that, in rethinking food systems, farmers must « take the ownership of the transformation which is needed« . He also explained that innovation in food systems is not only « the tool in hand, » but rather the system to make sure that food arrives to hungry people. He said enough food is already produced to feed the world’s population.

Watch the event recording HERE