All stakeholders must work together to make global food systems more sustainable- President Rajapaksa
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa stressed the importance for all stakeholders to work together, in an attempt to transform global food systems to be more sustainable, resilient, and inclusive.
He said this during his virtual address to the United Nations Food System Summit.
"The challenges we face are universal, and we must work together to find solutions to them", he said in this regard.
Under the leadership of UN Secretary-General António Guterres, the virtual event took place yesterday (23), coinciding with the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York.
The Summit, which was convened as part of the Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, launched bold new actions, solutions and strategies to deliver progress on all 17 SDGs, each of which relies on healthier, more sustainable and more equitable food systems.
During his oration, President Rajapaksa highlighted that sustainable food systems are part of Sri Lanka’s rich sociocultural and economic heritage, assuring his confidence that Sri Lanka will be able to sustainably transform its food system and ensure greater food security and better nutrition for its people.
He recalled, however, the recent debacle Sri Lanka witnessed with the government's decision to ban the use and import of chemical fertilisers, pesticides and weedicides.
Despite the decision being taken in a bid to rid the country of the resultant adverse health and environmental impacts, Rajapaksa highlighted the difficulties faced with regard to changing the mindset of farmers long accustomed to the use of chemical fertilisers, and the production of sufficient quantities of organic fertiliser domestically.
Calling for technical assistance and bilateral support in this regard, President Rajapaksa emphasised that fostering organic agriculture is part of a wider programme to reduce rural poverty.
"As leaders, our aim must be to ensure a better future for our people and our planet", President Rajapaksa said, encouraging more countries to take the bold steps required to sustainably transform the global food system to one that can better foster the health of both humanity and our planet.