On September 22, on the occasion of the 3rd Chinese Farmers’ Harvest Festival, Qu Dongyu, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) sent his congratulations to Chinese farmers through a video message.
In his message, Qu applauded the remarkable achievements China has made – feeding nearly one fifth of humanity with 9 percent of the world’s arable land and 6 percent of the world’s freshwater resources. The hard-working Chinese farmers, supported by enabling policies and the latest technology, have played a vital role in ensuring food security and diversity, and contributed greatly to rural revitalization and sustainable development, he said.
Qu further noted that FAO has witnessed China’s decisive contributions to global food security and to the realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as tremendous achievements in rural development and poverty alleviation. He said that the COVID-19 pandemic has posed unprecedented challenges to food and agricultural systems and the livelihoods of millions of farmers.
Qu stressed that FAO has been committed to building a world free of hunger and will work with the Chinese government and other member countries to achieve better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life. He also expressed FAO’s commitment to maintaining a fruitful and cooperative relationship with China, the main founder, supporter and promoter of the existing international multilateral system. In particular, he said that despite a flurry of natural disasters and challenges so far this year, China has still achieved a bumper harvest, making a great contribution to the world’s food security.