COVID-19: FAO Director-General proposes creation of electronic commerce in agriculture and food systems

Praia, Apr 27 (Inforpress) – The FAO Director-General defended the need to adopt new business models in agriculture, highlighting the importance of accelerating electronic commerce in the sector and in food systems worldwide, in order to improve resilience.

In his statement during the extraordinary G20 Agriculture Ministers’ meeting on Food Security and Nutrition, held in Rome, Qu Dongyu recommended that countries strengthen local production and shorten food supply chains, taking into account the context of the new coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking on behalf of the three UN food agencies, based in Rome (FAO, WFP and IFAD), the FAO Director-General also urged G20 ministers to include long-term objectives in their political structures, stressing that the crisis opens an opportunity to accelerate the transformation of the food system.

In this regard, he pointed out the need to create e-commerce tools as a way to improve local resilience and strengthen direct links between producers and consumers and food systems.



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