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Rosselkhoznadzor Participated in 27th Session of Committee on Agriculture of UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

The 27th Session of the Committee on Agriculture (CCA) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) , attended by the representatives of the Rosselkhoznadzor and its subordinate institutions (FGBI "VGNKI", FGBI "ARRIAH", FGBI "VNIIKR", FGBI "Grain Quality Assessment Centre"), was held in a videoconference format on September 28 - October 2, 2020.

At the sessions the delegates discussed the role of sustainable livestock farming in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), raised the COVID-19 pandemic issues and its impact on food security, nutrition and food systems. Much attention was paid to prevention and response to dangerous animal and plant diseases and pest outbreaks, antimicrobial resistance (AMR), sustainable agricultural systems in drylands, biodiversity considerations and an integrated approach to food systems.

The members of the Committee also reviewed the Voluntary Code of Conduct on Food Loss and Food Waste Prevention, the Rural Youth Action Plan, as well as agreed to establish COAG Subcommittee on Livestock and discussed FAO's nutrition strategy, food safety issues and the FAO Urban Food Agenda.

Within discussion of the agenda issue on prevention and response to dangerous animal and plant diseases and pest outbreaks, a representative of the Russian delegation highlighted the progress in maintaining official OIE statuses (recovering Russia’s status of a country as FMD-free zone without vaccination in 2019 and maintaining statuses of the country free from contagious bovine pleuropneumonia and peste des petits ruminants in 2020). It was also noted that Russia is ready to continue cooperation with FAO in the field of animal viral disease research including diseases caused by coronaviruses. FGBI “ARRIAH” is preparing an application for obtaining the status of FAO Reference center for Zoonotic Coronaviruses.

The Russian side also raised the issue of refusing antibiotic use as animal growth promoters during the discussion of the FAO Progress Report on the FAO Antimicrobial Resistance Action Plan 2016–2020.

COAG members noted the central role of the livestock sector in achieving sustainable agricultural development. It contributes directly or indirectly to the achievement of each of the 17 SDGs. Sustainable methods of livestock management will improve food security, nutrition and healthy diets, while contributing to inclusive economic growth, strengthening livelihoods, maintaining animal health and welfare, and addressing environmental challenges.

See the 27th Session materials at http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/coag/coag-27/documents/ru/.

 

Oct 5, 2020

Categorys: Veterinary , Events