The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Monday that the world can feed the projected population increase of 10 billion at the end of the century, but will require alot to be done by all stakeholders.
This was revealed during a press conference on the sidelines of the five day meeting on the governing body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture at the Kigali Convention Centre.
René Castro-Salazar, the Assistant-Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization, highlighted that during the presser that to feed the next generation, “there will be no room for any kind of wastage.”
Castro-Salazar called for governments and civil society to work together in providing access to food, and investing in agricultural mechanisms that will enhance increased food production.
He stressed the importance of applying new technologies to transform agriculture and the usage modern storage facilities that can intactly keep the harvest for lengthy period for future consumption.
Governments also need to give attention climate change, making significant investments in the intensification and modernisation of agriculture. “It is critical for small farmers to have incentives and creation of larger farms to increase food production.”
FAO’s Assistant-Director General emphasised the management for water consumption and protection of water bodies. “Around 70 percent of water is used in agriculture, but we don’t re-use it,” he noted.
Rwanda’s Minister for Agriculture and Animal Resources, Dr. Gérardine Mukeshimana pointed out that the major aim of the meeting is for stakeholders to strategize on how to continuously increase food production.
She underlined the need to efficiently use agricultural inputs, crop disease management, employing new technologies and better management of the harvest to close the existing agricultural yield gap.
Under theme ‘2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Role of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture’, this meeting will attract at least 144 contracting parties, farmers’ organizations, NGOs and civil society organizations among other stakeholders.
FAO states that ‘The objectives of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture are the conservation and sustainable use of all plant genetic resources for food and agriculture and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of their use, in harmony with the Convention on Biological Diversity, for sustainable agriculture and food security.’
Rwanda is the first to host it in the Sub-Saharan Africa.