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“COVID-19 POSES A THREAT TO FOOD SECURITY”

Central Asia and Sub-Regional Coordinator Viorel Gutu, FAO Representative in Turkey, said that Covid-19 poses a threat to food security.

UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Representative in Turkey, Central Asia and Sub-Regional Coordinator Viorel Gutu said, “We have to take strict measures on a global scale related to food safety and nutrition.”

Stating that Covid-19 poses a threat to food safety, Gutu said, “Food sector was more successful than other sectors in this process, but the picture in the transportation and logistics sectors was not positive.”

Gutu highlighted the importance of conserving and sustainably managing natural resources to ensure food security locally and globally in this challenging time.

Expressing that governments should keep trade routes open by using all their powers, Gutu noted, “Turkey’s ‘Contactless Commerce’ application in this regard has been an exemplary mechanism.”

Gutu also indicated that they are grateful to Turkey because of its supports to agricultural production and providing the flow of supply chain.

“The food sector is successful, there is a problem in the transportation and logistics sectors”

Underlining that they are far from the point where we should be in the fight against hunger, Viorel Gutu warned, “Very strict measures should be taken on a global scale regarding food security and nutrition.”

Pointing out that if the current trends continue, 840 million people will starve in the near future and according to the June reports of this year, Gutu added, “Food sector is more successful than other sectors, but the picture in the transportation and logistics sectors is not positive.”

Emphasizing that the best medicine to reverse current negative trends will be sustainable food and agriculture, Viorel Gutu concluded, “Natural resources, technical equipment and animal husbandry should be structured in a rational and resilient formation and to be designed to tackle new challenges.”

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