FAO / DIRECTOR-GENERAL QU NEW YEAR MESSAGE

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“2021 has been a productive year for FAO,” Qu Dongyu, the FAO’s Director-General said in his New Year’s message, listing numerous projects and activities the UN Agency undertook in 2021 to support “the transformation of our agrifood systems, to make them more efficient, more inclusive, more resilient and more sustainable.” FAO

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DATELINE: 27 DECEMBER 2021, ROME, ITALY /FILE

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1. Wide shot, FAO Headquarters

27 DECEMBER 2021, ROME, ITALY

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Qu Dongyu, Director-General, FAO:
“2021 has been a challenging year with historic memory. The COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturns have pushed more people into suffering. Globally there are more than 800 million people in hunger and 45 million people moving closer to starvation.
FAO has worked consistently and coherently this past year to bring about the needed changes. We actively contributed to the UN Food Systems Summit, successfully hosting the Pre-Summit at our headquarters in Rome. Supporting the transformation of our agrifood systems, to make them more efficient, more inclusive, more resilient and more sustainable, is enshrined in FAO Strategic Framework for the next 10 years. This transformation is crucial to achieving the 2030 Agenda and its SDGs.
Close collaboration with the Italian Presidency of the G20 made all VIP meetings and the Summit unprecedentedly successful.
We launched the G20 Green Garden where Ancient Sacred Wood was established legally by Romans 2300 years ago, making a strong historic linkage from the past to the future.
The World Food Forum held in the first week of October, powered by the FAO Youth Committee, brought together thousands of young talents to brainstorm and innovate on how to transform global agrifood systems for a better future.
The future belongs to, and depends on, our youth today. World Food Day 2021 resonated that “Our actions are our future”. Agrifood systems transformation starts with you and me. We must all be Food Heroes.
FAO Hand-in-Hand Initiative, targets the most vulnerable, and now has 45 countries actively participating. FAO 1000 Digital Villages Initiative is enabling farmers to use new technologies to improve agrifood production and to bridge the digital divide! Science and innovation are key to a better food security.
2021 has been a productive year for FAO. We delivered, with efficiency and effectiveness. And in 2022, we will continue to deliver with an even more extraordinary efforts and results!
To achieve the Four Betters: Better Production, Better Nutrition, a Better Environment, and a Better Life for all - leaving no one behind!
I wish you all a Healthy and Happy 2022!”

FILE - 19 MAY 2021, NANGARHAR PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN

3. Wide shot, a wheat farmer harvesting
4. Close up, a wheat farmer harvesting
5. Med shot, a wheat farmer harvesting
6. Close up, hands intertwining wheat

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7. Aerial shot, farmer working in field
8. Various shots, farmer Tun Kean working in field

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9. Wide shot, grape farmers and laborers working on harvest
10. Close up, grapes falling onto pile
11. Med shot, farmers packing grapes

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12. Various shots, farmers using digital technology in the field

FILE – NOVEMBER 2017, LUBAO, PAMPANGA PROVINCE, PHILIPPINES

13. Wide shot, man preparing a drone as part of an FAO project to map out at-risk areas
14. Med shot, drone launched in the sky

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“2021 has been a productive year for FAO,” Qu Dongyu, the FAO’s Director-General said in his New Year’s message, listing numerous projects and activities the UN Agency undertook in 2021 to support “the transformation of our agrifood systems, to make them more efficient, more inclusive, more resilient and more sustainable.”

In 2021, more than 800 million people were in hunger and 45 million people moved closer to starvation due to COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn, making it “a challenging year with historic memory,” said Qu.

The FAO’s Director-General pointed out the FAO Hand-in-Hand Initiative, targeting the most vulnerable across 45 participating countries and FAO 1000 Digital Villages Initiative, which is enabling farmers to use new technologies to improve agrifood production and to bridge the digital divide.

In October 2021, the FAO hosted the World Food Forum, which brought together thousands of young talents to brainstorm and innovate on how to transform global agrifood systems for a better future. The Organization contributed to the UN Food Systems Summit and hosted the Pre-Summit at its headquarters in Rome.

Director-General Qu pledged to “continue to deliver” in 2022 in an effort to achieve “the Four Betters: Better Production, Better Nutrition, a Better Environment, and a Better Life for all - leaving no one behind.”
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