Ankara – Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Deputy Representative Dr. Ayşegül Selışık participated in the “Mid-Day” program presented by Ahu Orakçıoğlu, broadcast on Ekotürk TV and evaluated the global hunger and the effects of COVID-19 on the food and agriculture sector in the light of FAO’s latest reports.
Stating that hunger in the world has various causes varying according to countries, Dr. Selışık shared the basic messages of the World Food Security and Nutrition Status Report (SOFI 2020) with the audience, pointing out that not everyone can get an equal share from the food produced and that hunger and obesity are a major global problem.
Dr. Selışık shared the concern that the COVID-19 pandemic, which affects the supply chains most in the agriculture and food sector, could increase the number of hungry people in the world by 130 million more. Referring to the global and national effects of the pandemic and indicated that the demand in agriculture and food sector shrank at the beginning of the pandemic, Dr. Selışık said that digital environments have started to be used more in this process.
Stating that the entry of technology into the agricultural sector has accelerated, Dr. Selışık said, “This process should be better planned and directed. We closely follow the digitalization efforts in agricultural sector and work on this issue. There are solutions to be learned from the private sector in digitalization.”
Dr. Selışık noted, “In addition, I would like to emphasize the importance of being organized in agricultural sector in order for digitalization to give the desired result. On the other hand organized structures, especially cooperatives, adapt more easily to the digital environment and that it is more difficult for farmers to access information individually.”
“Compared with other countries in food and agricultural sector. Turkey has given a good test in the the pandemic process,” Dr. Selışık added.
Besides, referring to the cooperation between the Agriculture and Forestry Ministry and FAO, Dr. Selışık shared the information regarding the activities on food loss and wastage with the audience.
In this context, Dr. Selışık gave information about the United Nations International Food Loss and Waste Awareness Day, which will be celebrated for the first time this year and the World Food Day, which will be celebrated with the 75th anniversary of FAO and drew attention to the role of everyone in reducing food loss and waste.