2019-08-27

Qu Dongyu, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations: African countries can benefit from Japan's knowledge and culture of healthy food and diet.


Traditional wasabi grown in shizuoka, Japan. Photo credit: shizuoka wasabi association
Traditional wasabi grown in shizuoka, Japan.
August 27, 2019
The economic development

In the fight to end hunger and improve nutrition, African countries can draw on Japan's smart technology, agricultural machinery and marketing knowledge, as well as its strict food safety and nutrition standards and its healthy food and diet culture, fao director-general qu dongyu said today.
Qu dongyu was speaking at a joint event in yokohama organised by the new partnership for African development (NEPAD) and Japan's international cooperation agency (JICA), which focused on improving nutrition in African countries through the African food and nutrition security initiative (IFNA).

Qu also expressed appreciation for the fruitful cooperation between fao and Japan in Africa, which has promoted the development of an efficient and inclusive rice value chain, improved measurement of losses and waste in the food industry, and strengthened small and medium-sized enterprises.

The visit was part of qu's week-long trip to Japan, his first overseas trip since he became fao director-general on 1 August 2019.

Addressing African heads of state, agriculture ministers and representatives of the Japanese government, qu dongyu urged the strengthening of anti-hunger action in Africa.

The latest figures show that hunger is on the rise in almost all African subregions, making Africa the region with the highest incidence of malnutrition.

Qu dongyu stressed that combating hunger and malnutrition in all its forms is a major priority for fao in Africa.

Qu dongyu said the African food and nutrition security initiative is an important mechanism for achieving these goals and fao will continue to support it.