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Partnerships with private sector vital for raising production, nutrition levels,November 26, 2019 Adjust font size:

The Second Philanthropy Summit for Sustainable Development was held in Beijing last week. The focus of this year's summit is finding renewable energy alternatives to fossil fuel and business leaders and representatives from the Ford Foundation, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Tsinghua University and other institutions participated the summit. FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu said in the Summit that partnerships with the private sectors are vital for raising production and nutrition levels for the world's most vulnerable people who are poor or undernourished.

Qu said the private sector had an important role to play in building partnerships and working to create a world without hunger in line with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

"The private sector has shown interest to support sustainable development, and to work with FAO to help the most vulnerable communities, including youth and women, as well as vulnerable smallholders through inclusive pro-poor interventions," he said.

The Director-General invited the private sector to work with FAO on supporting innovations and improved technologies, including rural digitalization where smartphones can be used as a new farming tool for weather and drought prediction, pest monitoring, food prices, access technical guidance and as a gateway to e-commerce. "Partnerships are vital and leadership is essential," he said.

FAO recently launched the Hand-in-Hand Initiative which aims to enable "matchmaking" - bringing together donors and recipients to support development efforts in the landlocked countries, small island developing states, least developed countries and countries affected by food crises.

Qu also welcomed a 100-million-yuan (US$15 million) donation to FAO from the Ningxia Yanbao Charity Foundation. The donation will be used to establish a joint FAO-Yanbao fund to support talent in agriculture and, in particular, facilitate research to achieve food security and nutrition.

FAO welcomed a 100-million-yuan donation from the Ningxia Yanbao Charity Foundation [Photo courtesy of FAO]

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