FAO Liaison Office with the Russian Federation

World Food Day at RUDN University: water is common wealth of humankind

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On 18 October, the FAO Liaison Office with the Russian Federation jointly with the UN Information Centre in Moscow and the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University) named after Patrice Lumumba held a scientific and practical conference “Water is life, water is food” dedicated to World Food Day within the framework of the World Food Forum – 2023.

The target audience of the forum, held at RUDN University, were students and postgraduates of Russian universities, as well as young specialists in the field of agrarian science and agricultural practice.

Photo: ©FAO/Anna Glukhova

“At the Agrarian and Technological Institute of RUDN University, there is an environmental laboratory, which is accredited for 92 methods, including agricultural systems, seawater and many other areas,” Director of this Institute Elvira Dovletyarova said in her opening speech.

“In our laboratory, it is possible not only to conduct research, but since it is part of the Global Soil Laboratory Network (GLOSOLAN), to compare the data obtained with data for Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. RUDN University is a participant in many international network projects of international organizations such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and BRICS, as well as the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) University, and actively promotes the irrigation agenda within the framework of scientific and educational programmes.

We at RUDN University are happy to cooperate with FAO, because we are convinced,” Elvira Dovletyarova stressed in conclusion, “that only international cooperation will allow us to respond to the challenges that we face. Foremost among them is the problem of water conservation.”

Photo: ©RUDN University's Photo Department

In his speech, Oleg Kobiakov, Director of the FAO Liaison Office with the Russian Federation, cited as an example of selfless dedication to the ideals of the United Nations and competent management – FAO Director-General Dr Qu Dongyu, who in his first four years in office has implemented a number of important reforms.

“For the first time, Women’s and Youth Committees were created in FAO. The Women’s Committee deals with social issues, and young people are focused on promoting innovation. These innovations were received with enthusiasm and enjoy the full support of all employees.

Dr Qu Dongyu replaced the seven previous strategic goals of FAO with four areas of the organization’s activities. Namely ensuring better production, better nutrition, better environment and better life while respecting the principle of “leaving no one behind”. Born into a family of poor rice farmers in Hunan Province (China), the FAO Director-General knows well the value of water.

Addressing the student audience, Oleg Kobiakov urged young people to actively participate in FAO projects and events: “The FAO Moscow Office is always friendly and interested in the initiatives of future specialists, and we are convinced that today’s FAO youth “fan club” is the personnel reserve of the future innovative agricultural sector.”