The United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) Independent Dialogue was held in Beijing on Sept. 15, 2021. The event was co-hosted by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) and Syngenta Group China.
CAAS Vice President Sun Tan, UNFSS Special Envoy Ms. Agnes Kalibata and Syngenta Group China CEO Erik Fyrwald addressed the Dialogue. With the theme of “Creating value through innovation and cooperation,” and featuring keynote reports and thematic discussions, the Dialogue focused on three major topics: food system transformation, food loss and waste and digital innovation and services related to agriculture and rural development. Participants shared theirs views on best solutions for promoting food system transformation and green agriculture.
Sun Tan noted that in response to China’s strategic needs, CAAS has made breakthroughs in key technologies, providing S&T support for increasing grain output and developing low-carbon and green agriculture. CAAS has launched an international agricultural science program and is ready to work with international partners to advance technical innovation and push for global agricultural S&T development.
Agnes Kalibata highly commended the Dialogue, hoping that it can contribute to the building of a more inclusive, sustainable and resilient food system.
On the sideline of the Dialogue, Sun Tan held talks with Erik Fyrwald. They reached consensus on promoting China’s agricultural modernization, and cooperation on global food security and sustainable development programs. The Agricultural Information Institute of CAAS and Sinochem Agriculture Holdings launched a “digital village” joint action plan.
More than 100 domestic and foreign participants attended the Dialogue in person or via video link, representing relevant UN agencies, government departments, research institutes, universities, companies, financial institutions and the media.