China’s Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) Li Jinxiang met with Cynthia McCaffrey, United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Representative to China, and a delegation of 10 Chinese teenagers on Sept. 29, 2021. He listened to the delegation for views, ideas and suggestions summarized through a series of food system dialogues held by UNICEF and discussed with the delegation in this respect.
China’s CVO stated the UNICEF Food System Dialogues with Youngsters are of significance. These dialogues offered platforms for the youngsters to discuss the transformation of global food system. In response to issues of common concern for the youngsters, Li introduced China’s policies and measures for safeguarding food security and improving food nutrition, including building basic capacity for grain production, upgrading S&T and the seed industry, reducing food loss and waste, promoting green agriculture, and emission reduction and carbon sequestration.
McCaffrey said that the youngsters have a deep understanding of the interactions among different parts of food systems and are eager to be heard. They also hope to participate and understand actions taken by government departments.
The MARA side and UNICEF side reached a consensus on continuing encouraging the youngsters to play a greater role in the transformation and upgrading of food systems.