Industry experts believe that fruits and vegetables will play a key role in transforming agri-food systems due to their considerable contributions and benefits to human health and to achieving the balanced diet that more and more consumers demand, in addition to their contribution to the socioeconomic and rural development of the countries of the Americas.
These conclusions were drawn by international experts and agro-industry leaders convened by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) to a roundtable with the aim to share current knowledge on the sector’s role in sustainable agri-food systems. The dialogue was moderated by Manuel Otero, Director General of IICA.
The event analyzed the contributions made by fruit and vegetable farmers in the Americas to global exports and to food and nutrition security, particularly to promoting a balanced diet. It also looked at the road that must be taken to reconnect modern consumers with farmers.
As reported on iica.int¸ the specialists further emphasized the need for the fruit and vegetable sectors to continue moving toward more sustainable production, using natural resources more efficiently, implementing science-based practices and adopting new technology to ensure product traceability and safety.