South-South Cooperation Key to Tackling Food Insecurity – UN Officials

South-South development cooperation is crucial to the global effort to fight hunger and improve food security, according to a senior U.N. official, who noted that the majority of people facing hunger live in countries in the South.

The international community should scale up its efforts to identify and implement innovative and sustainable solutions to the world’s food security problem, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, president of the U.N. General Assembly, said at the ongoing Fourth Global South-South Development Expo in Rome, Italy.

The expo, which is hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization, brings together 600 delegates from more than 150 countries to discuss and exchange best practices and innovative solutions to the world’s complex food security challenges.

Al-Nasser said the expo is an opportunity for the international development community to examine successful technologies and strategies to improve agricultural productivity, increase social protection, manage fragile ecosystems, combat disease and improve nutrition.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, meanwhile, noted that “great progress” has already been made “thanks to southern solutions.”

“We must now confront interlinked challenges through a broader campaign for sustainable development,” he said.

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