Sada Elbald English (SEE) conducted an interview with the Director of IFAD’s Sustainable Production, Markets and Institutions Division Thouraya Triki. Here's the excerpt of the interview.
Asked how can IFAD benefit from holding AgriTech Meet Forum, she answered: "IFAD is organizing this event to stimulate important conversations about how it can promote digital agriculture in order to help more rural producers, who are the core target of IFAD amid the global food crises, Covid-19, and climate change which makes the things more difficult."
"Agriculture is an important sector in Egypt, where many rural producers and poor people rely on it for their income and livelihood."
"For us, it was very important to trigger a conversation between all relevant stakeholders on how we can act in a more coordinated and efficient way in order to come up with concert solutions to end the poverty and hunger issue," she told SEE.
Asked if Egypt is on the right way to achieving SDGs “Global Goals”, she replied: “Look, what I’ve heard today is a lot of commitments, lot of very good actions from the government and we had listened to some of the government officials speaking about Egypt’s vision 2030, and the latest significant investment under this national development planning. So I should say that we cannot predict the future, but the Egyptian government seems definitely to be on the right track and very committed to ensuring equitable livelihood for all Egyptian citizens."
She also praised the government for its impressive efforts in promoting artificial intelligence and different innovative ways among perse sectors. Moreover, she noted that IFAD is currently investing in programs that will help Egyptians to cope with the current global climate change and end poverty, saying: "We are committed to sustaining these investments in coordination with Egypt's government and we are also going to fund the private sector as well."