Our bold approach towards Organic Agriculture will inspire more countries – President | Daily News

Our bold approach towards Organic Agriculture will inspire more countries – President

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa expressed the hope that more countries would be inspired by Sri Lanka’s bold approach to sustainably transform its agricultural system to organic agriculture to ensure food security and nutrition for the future generations.

The President was addressing the virtual session of the Pre-Summit of the UN Food System Summit on July 26. In partnership with the Government of Italy, the Pre-Summit takes place in Rome from July 26–28.

Leaders from a number of countries are taking part in the three-day summit, which is chaired by UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

The conference will discuss the impact of food systems on achieving the desired sustainable development goals by 2030.

Representatives from a wide range of fields, including young people, farmers, indigenous people, civil society activists and researchers, have joined the conference with a new approach.

“The Right to Food is a fundamental human right,” the President said and added that though the Governments act individually to safeguard this right for their people, they must broaden their understanding of the complexities of the global food system.

“Sri Lanka is inherent with an agriculture deeply entwined with a long-lasting, ancient and yet highly advanced irrigation system. Therefore, sustainable organic agriculture is not new to this country. The President said measures will be taken to revitalise historic practices with new scientific advances and management techniques,” the President said.

“Transformation of the food system is an essential part of the adaptations that governments must execute for the survival of mankind and the planet. The COVID-19 pandemic was a wakeup call that made us realise we are all sharing a world that is deeply interconnected,” the President said.

The President said that although mankind is socially, politically and economically diverse, the challenges they face are universal. President Rajapaksa said that these challenges could not be faced alone and that collective action was needed to overcome them.

The Heads of States who addressed the conference on July 26 focused on food security, mitigation of climate change, strengthening of environmental protection and prevention of biodiversity loss.

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