The United Nations and the European Union have called for concrete steps to strengthen Somalia’s agricultural production systems, saying urgent action is needed to address the challenges and negative impacts. related to malnutrition in Somalia, which has some of the highest malnutrition rates in the world.
“In addition, global crises such as COVID-19, climate change, pollution, loss of life, conflict and other disasters highlight the seriousness and vulnerability of the Somali food system, which poses a threat to humanity,” the joint statement said. produced by UN & EU.
More than 60 stakeholders representing the government, civil society, the private sector, academics and non-governmental organizations convened in Mogadishu on September 14th, and in Hargeisa on September 16th for the Stakeholder Consultation panel discussion.
Etienne Peterschmitt, FAO Country Representative for Somalia, said during the workshop that finding solutions to specific problems in Somalia’s food systems requires not only an understanding of the relationship between the components of the system but also a competent governance structure. conducting exchanges between dietary system results.
“Given the situation in Somalia, food systems are important to address the needs of the population to eat safe food, eat healthy food and reduce malnutrition and malnutrition,” said EU program manager Luca Pagliara.
According to the UN, consultative workshops are a step towards promoting this sustainable and inclusive change in such food systems. Stakeholders identified key challenges and sources of innovative policy and investment solutions for changing sustainable food systems.
Somalia is one of the worst hit areas by the drought every year due to food insecurity, with relief efforts by the United Nations and some European countries.