FAO Director-General in visit to small-scale agricultural producers in southern Italy highlights sustainability best practices

Jul 22 2021

23 July 2021, Rome – The Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), QU Dongyu, during a field visit today to several small-scale producers in Italy’s southern Campania region, underscored the importance of linking tradition with innovation to achieve more sustainable agri-food systems.

The visit followed the Director-General’s participation in the G20 Environment Ministers’ meeting in Naples on Thursday where he stressed how the need to meet a growing demand for food and other agricultural products, must be achieved whilst reducing greenhouse gas emissions, conserving biodiversity, sustainably managing natural resources, and protecting and restoring ecosystems.

During the visit the Director-General praised the farmers for their production methods for lemons, wine and mozzarella that link tradition and innovation, respect the environment, limit their impact on natural resources and reduce their climate footprint.

“Product differentiation and quality is the key, which can be ensured through a combination of innovation and sustainable plantation,” Qu said. He also encouraged the embracing of new ways to increase market access for products. “E-commerce is a new business mode for your lemons to reach more diversified and high-income consumers,” the Director-General added.

Source: FAO Newsroom