Joint project in agriculture sector to be implemented with UNFAO

2021-06-04 16:50:05

Ulaanbaatar/MONTSAME/. The Chairman of the National Development Agency (NDA) Batjargal Khandjav has signed an agreement to implement a joint project to expand and intensify cooperation in the development of Mongolia’s food and agriculture sector with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UNFAO) Representative Vinod Ahuja on June 2, 2021.

The goal of the project is to support the value chain of food and agriculture, improve the framework for sustainable agriculture and food security, reduce poverty and inequality, and create jobs. The project will help ensure economic growth, promote sustainable development, improve the agricultural system that connects herders, farmers and consumers, and expand cooperation among all stakeholders.

In recent years, Mongolia's food supply has increased, with some food products being sourced from domestic crops, and the food system has improved with the introduction of an organic food registry and improved hygiene and quality control.

However, the supply of essential food items for the population depends on imports. The predominance of meat and bakery products in Mongolian food, and the lack of fruits and vegetables, which are the main sources of minerals and vitamins, have led to a high prevalence of micronutrient deficiencies, especially among children and women. As a result, overweight, obesity and cancer have increased significantly in the population.

Therefore, the parties are confident that the implementation of this project will reduce the losses of the agricultural value chain, bring the production technology, equipment and investment level to the current international level, and bring a new era of environmentally friendly development to the agricultural sector.


Source: National Development Agency of Mongolia