ANTALYA, May 6. /TASS/. Improved nutrition and the promotion of pulses as food crops are the main tasks set by the concluding report of the 30th Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Regional Conference for Europe which wrapped in Antalya, Turkey, on Friday.
According to the final report, the conference also underscored the importance of family-run farms, strengthening of agri-food trade, fighting illegal fishing, and support to women and youth.
"Save and Grow" or ecosystem-based agriculture is the new paradigm being advanced by the Organization.
The impact of climate change on agriculture also emerged as a serious concern, one that directly affects almost all countries in the region. FAO is promoting what it calls "climate-smart agriculture" emphasizing productivity, adaptation, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
In his address at the opening of the Conference, FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva said that while hunger has essentially been eradicated in the region, all countries have alarming rates of malnutrition in various forms: micronutrient deficiencies, stunted growth, overweight and obesity.
A between-sessions side event drew attention to food losses and waste as "a global problem of enormous economic, environmental and societal significance." FAO estimates show that as much as one-third of all food produced is either lost or wasted, and never consumed, according to the report.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is an agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. In 2015, the organization adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aimed at ending hunger and poverty and ensuring the sustainability of development. FAO considers providing support to small farms as one of the key factors to achieve these goals.