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Graça Machel calls for disrupting the agricultural sector to achieve Zero Hunger

24.06.2019 17:06 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) As of last week, the 41st Session of the FAO Conference on the challenges and opportunities of reaching Zero Hunger had started within Rome (Italy), FAO reports. As to the report, while speaking within the Conference, Graça Machel, an international advocate for women’s and children’s rights, and, at same time, an Africa Progress Panel (APP) member, delivered the McDougall Memorial Lecture on food security. As to the report, Machel stressed that, taking into account the challenges of migration, the scourge of hunger and malnutrition, and the lack of investment of the rural development, there is an immediate need to «change the way we do business», scale up hunger-ending initiatives, and «disrupt the agricultural sector as a whole». Within the lecture, Machel condemned «the shameful failure of global governance to address issues of food security, forced migration and equitable economic development» as well as the failure of governance at country level to allocate sufficient resources to address the root causes of poverty. «We simply cannot afford not to urgently take bold action to end poverty and hunger and create more prosperous and vibrant rural communities,» she stressed. Machel called for a «game changer in agriculture» going beyond incremental changes and small-scale innovative initiatives to reach Zero Hunger and address the negative impacts of climate change. She pointed out that only 10 years remain to reach the Sustainable Development Goals, urging to not «fail our children and our grandchildren» on our promise to leave no one behind. She stressed the need for massively scaling up successful approaches and implementing best practices — such as drip irrigation and solar-powered desalinization systems, blue economy, nutrient-rich crop diversification, vertical farming — so that «advances of technology benefit millions and not just a few hundred thousands».

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