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FAO: Empowering farmers through innovation is key for sustainable development

07.11.2019 16:29 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) As of this week, FAO has held a forum Enhancing access to innovation in agriculture to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at its headquarters within Rome, FAO reports. As to the report, while speaking within the forum, FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu said it is fundamental to support smallholder and family farmers by enhancing their access to innovation for sustainable food systems and to foster sustainable development, «Innovation in agriculture is a way to enhance effectiveness, competitiveness and resilience with limited land and other limited resources,» Qu said. At same time, the FAO Chief noted that smallholder and family farmers, especially those within small island countries and other vulnerable regions, are facing enormous challenges and often have difficulties in accessing agricultural innovation. To remedy this, Qu called on research institutions and academia to seek new pathways to transfer their innovative outcomes to people who most need them. As to the report, FAO Director-General also highlighted the need to promote new business models to make innovation accessible to millions of farmers, citing as an example FAO’s new Hand-in Hand Initiative. As to the report, the forum saw the participation of FAO experts, member-countries and academia, who discussed actions to improve access to innovation in agriculture to contribute to socio-economic growth, ensure food and nutrition security, alleviate poverty and support the achievement of the SDGs. As to the report, while speaking within the forum, the experts told that the innovation does not necessarily come in the form of the latest technology and high-tech solutions. Innovation also means scaling-up existing, reliable solutions through international cooperation and multi-stakeholder engagement, or creating the enabling environment to ensure the transfer of innovative methods, technologies and solutions to those who are mostly in need of them.

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