The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations will initiate a dialogue with the private sector in North Africa and Near East to build a common vision about the region’s agri-food systems and to identify opportunities for private sector engagement and action. This dialogue is organized by the FAO’s Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa with the support of the Islamic Development Bank Group Business Forum (THIQAH).
The proposed dialogue is in line with the FAO strategy which reflects a new forward-looking vision for strengthening strategic engagement with the private sector. The strategy recognizes that mobilizing private sector capacities and resources is essential for ending hunger, achieving food security, improving nutrition, and promoting sustainable agriculture.
Indeed, the FAO recognized that one of the key avenues to achieving its targets is transforming the world’s agri-food systems, including the way food is produced, processed, distributed and consumed. This will lead to better production, nutrition, and a better environment for better life. The organization noted that governments, civil society, development partners, research and the private sector will greatly gain from collaborative partnership. It recognized that the private sector plays a central role towards offering innovative tools, resources, knowledge and technologies that are critical to agri-food systems transformation, more inclusive and resilient practices, and more efficient and sustainable technologies. Accordingly, the proposed dialogue will seek to develop a conversation with micro-, small and medium-sized agri-food enterprises (MSMEs); large firms; and financial institutions.
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