Event with UNFAO to raise more awareness on agri-food systems

Cambodia and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) celebrated the World Food Day under the theme “Our actions are our future. Better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life”.

Aligned with containment measures of the Health Ministry to avoid the spread of Covid-19, Saturday’s event was organised in an open space in southeastern Prey Veng province limiting participation to 50 people, the FAO said in a press statement.

Cambodian Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon said the event aimed to raise awareness of the need for supporting the transformation to more efficient, inclusive, resilient and sustainable agri-food systems.

It called for action across sectors to ensure that agri-food systems delivered enough affordable, nutritious and safe food for all to lead active and healthy lives while protecting the planet, he added.

“For Cambodia, we have food surpluses across the country and our foods and other agricultural products left over from local consumption have been exported over the last two decades,” Sakhon said at the ceremony.

The minister said the nation exported 5.93 million tonnes of agricultural produce during the first nine months of 2021, up 88% over the same period last year.

In Cambodia, the poor and vulnerable households are facing severe income shocks as most of them rely on diverse sources including on-farm activities, wage labour, non-agricultural activities and national and international remittance, the statement said, adding that the Covid-19 outbreak has disrupted these employment opportunities.

According to “UN Covid-19 socio-economic impact assessment in Cambodia”, more than half of the households have had to cut back on the size and quality of meals over the period of the pandemic, the statement said. — Xinhua

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