UNIDO’s food systems approach to build resilience of vulnerable communities

UNIDO’s food systems approach to build resilience of vulnerable communities

DA NANG, 24 June 2018 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) brought together high-level development actors to discuss the importance of integrated approaches to food systems to pave the way for multiple global benefits. Moderated by Neeraja Havaligi, biodiversity conservation and natural resources management specialist, the discussion took place on the sidelines of the 6th GEF Assembly in Da Nang, Viet Nam.

Entitled “Clean, Cool, Clever: Food strategies and cold chain concept to increase resilience to climate change”, the event, which also explored the work done by UNIDO and its partners, highlighted the food systems approach as a holistic measure to build adaptability and mitigate some of the drivers of global environmental challenges. A video was shown that featured UNIDO’s approach to building resilience of vulnerable communities along the agro-value chain in order to adapt to environmental challenges.

Dejene Tezera, UNIDO’s Director of Agri-Business, opened the discussion by presenting UNIDO’s views, with representatives from Viet Nam's Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and of the private sector, including leading cold chain service provider, ABA cooltrans, and Viet Hien, a renowned coffee processing machinery specialist, also sharing their experiences.

During a panel discussion, participants recognized the importance of bringing integrated approaches to food systems as a mean to pave the way to multiple global benefits. Summarizing the key messages of the event, Francis Lanaud, Deputy Director of Cemafroid said: “We have the technologies we need; the challenge the world faces is how to work together.” Panelists also reiterated the importance of innovative techniques and technology mixes for the processing, transport and storage of agricultural commodities, while using the lowest quantity of waste and energy, improving product value and increasing adaptability to climate change.

For more information, please contact:

Meryem Sghir

Industrial Development Officer

UNIDO Food Systems and Nutrition Division