UNIDO discusses food security for the Kingdom during a panel
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has set up an online panel of the scientific community, food safety regulators and the private sector under the theme “Fostering Food Safety through Partnership” to mark the 3rd World Food Security Day on June 7.
The discussion is part of a three-week campaign designed to raise awareness of food security issues in Cambodia and seek areas for future intervention by various partners and the government, according to a UNIDO press release.
The panel would explore possible future roles and partnerships between universities, government and the private sector to address food security challenges in a holistic way to find solutions in Cambodia.
The press release said that food security is a shared responsibility and that building strong partnerships with a strong mechanism in universities and the public and private sectors is essential. The partnership will go a long way in ensuring the health and well-being of all.
“The panel agreed that sharing experiences, understanding problems and identifying solutions, and building partnerships are the best options for promoting innovation in the food sector and supporting the private sector.
“Equally important, the panel agreed that mobilizing the resources needed to maintain such a partnership is the key to a long-term solution,” he said.
Shetty Seetharama Thombathu – Chief Technical Advisor of the UNIDO Component of the Cambodian Program for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in the Fisheries Sector (CAPFISH) – said UNIDO is establishing a platform for food technology, research and innovation with the aim of strengthening the competitiveness of post-harvest enterprises in agro-industries, in particular fishing.
“With a strong commitment and a sustainability plan, such a platform could be a great mechanism to address food security issues in the country,” Shetty said.
Thavarith Chunhieng, Deputy Director General of the Cambodia Institute of Technology (ITC), said ITC is ready and willing to collaborate by providing expertise and knowledge to solve food security issues.
Camilla Lombard, Deputy Head of Cooperation for the EU Delegation in Cambodia, said the EU is committed to supporting Cambodia’s efforts to improve food security and production.
“Further support for food security in particular, and sustainable food systems in general, is envisaged in the next development cooperation program between the EU and Cambodia for the period 2021-2027 which is currently being designed” , she said.