19 November 2020 – Istanbul
Dr. Ayşegül Selışık, Turkey’s Deputy Representative of FAO, took part as a panelist at the Conference of Nutrition and Health Communication organized by the Sabri Ülker Foundation on 17-18 November 2020 in İstanbul.
Dr. Selışık, who participated in the panel titled “Agriculture and Nutrition Facts Today” with FAO supporter and Nutrition Expert Dilara Koçak, shared FAO’s basic approaches on nutrition with the audience. Reminding that the second of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations is “Zero Hunger”, Dr. Selışık said, “In order to feed the increasing population, food waste should be reduced, food should be distributed fairly and people should be more sharing.”
Stating that the Covid-19 pandemic, which is expected to add 130 million more people to this negative picture today, where 690 million people are struggling with hunger, reminds us all of the importance of agriculture and shows our need for healthy food, Dr. Selışık noted, “It is a long way to go to reach the ‘Zero Hunger’ goal. Besides productivity should be increased, natural resources should be preserved and innovation should be supported.”
Emphasizing that agriculture should be placed at the centre of the world as a strategic sector, Dr. Selışık explained, “Within this framework we should attach great importance to small family farmers and we should also protect our agricultural heritage as well as our cultural heritage. In conclusion I would like to point out that women have an important role in our agricultural heritage.”
Sharing the information that the population dealing with agriculture has been decreasing since 1927, Dilara Koçak added, “I should shed a light on the definition of sustainable nutrition, while putting emphasis on the importance of protecting our traditional modes of production.”
While stressing that ‘The future is in tradition’ and referring to the issue of food waste, “Throwing an apple in the trash means wasting other people’s water resources,” Koçak concluded…