Writer: DA Communications Group | 11 March 2022
thirty sixth FAO Regional Convention for Asia and the Pacific Ministerial Session:
Merchandise 11: Prioritization of Nation and Regional Wants
10 March 2022 (1030-1800 hrs)
By Sec. WILLIAM D. DAR
Honorable Chairman, Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates, FAO Director-Normal Qu Dongyu and workers, it’s a privilege and pleasure for me to current this assertion is on behalf of the Philippine Authorities.
First, enable me to congratulate the Authorities of Bangladesh for the wonderful preparations on this lovely metropolis of Dhaka. It’s a pleasure to be right here.
Girls and Gents, over the previous two years, the Philippines has been confronted with the unfold of a virus, COVID-19, which has affected a number of thousand of our fellow residents. We all know the devastating results of the illness. We all know the ache it has precipitated thousands and thousands of households throughout the planet.
We now have additionally seen how a lot there’s to achieve by constructing robust meals and agriculture provide chains.
Within the Philippines, the impression of the pandemic has been aggravated by the consequences of local weather change.
Our water provides are dwindling at the same time as the necessity to feed an ever-growing variety of folks turns into extra pressing.
We keep that our collective response to each have to be broad, science-based, inclusive, and ingenious.
We should create environment friendly and resilient meals manufacturing and supply methods not just for in the present day’s rising populations – however for future generations, as effectively.
I’m happy to report that the Philippine Authorities’s response to this crucial has been elevated right into a nationwide coverage.
We now have made meals safety a defining nationwide purpose. Our quick goal is to modernize our agriculture and fisheries methods, making them extra environment friendly, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable.
We thank FAO for asking its members about our nationwide priorities for it to supply additional assist. All this system precedence areas recognized within the FAO’s Strategic Framework 2022-2031 alongside the themes of higher manufacturing, higher diet, higher setting, and a greater life are necessary and interlinked.
If we’re to determine the highest precedence per theme, the place we’re making a name to speed up implementation, these are as follows:
For Higher Manufacturing, let’s prioritize “Inexperienced Innovation.” We have to proceed creating sustainable crops, livestock, fisheries and forestry manufacturing methods — supported by inexperienced applied sciences and higher insurance policies.
For Higher Diet, we’ve to make sure secure meals for everybody. We have to proceed enhancing our meals security rules, integrating sanitary and phytosanitary management measures and insurance policies all through the meals worth chain.
For a Higher Atmosphere, we have to proceed embarking on a large program to guard our surroundings, ADAPT to the present and future results of local weather change and mitigate its impacts, and undertake local weather danger assessments to tell our measures throughout the storm season and different pure disasters.
For a Higher Life and cut back poverty, it’s crucial to extend private and non-private investments in our meals methods. We additionally want assist in our farm consolidation and clustering technique to extend effectivity and viability.
Within the course of, we’re serving to entrepreneurs create jobs that – in flip – present larger financial safety and equal alternative, pushed by schooling, digital know-how, sustainable power, innovation, and infrastructure.
The Youth, Ladies and Household Farmers might want to repeatedly be capacitated as in addition they have essential roles in reworking our agri-food methods in the direction of competitiveness, resiliency and sustainability.
Girls and Gents, in all 4 of those endeavors and the remainder of this system precedence areas recognized in FAO’s Strategic Framework, we glance to the counsel and technical help of our companions within the worldwide neighborhood and organizations just like the FAO in formulating or refining insurance policies and in boosting our sources and capacities.
We’re eight years away from 2030, the 12 months after we all pledged to realize our shared aims below the UN Sustainable Growth Targets Agenda.
The Philippine Authorities holds that — at this historic second, within the aftermath of a rare international disaster — our shared success calls for larger worldwide collaboration, cooperation, and trade.