Welcome to join the "Virtual Tour on the Yellow River Juncao Ecological Security Barrier - Juncao Desertification Control and Industrial Development Sites" that the Division for Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DSDG/DESA) is co-organizing in collaboration with WFP Center of Excellenece for Rural Transformation (WFP China COE), the National Engineering Research Centre for Juncao Technology, and Fujian Juncao Development Engineering Association. The virtual tour will be held on 6 October 2021 from 11 am to 12:30 pm, Eastern Africa Time (EAT).
The socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic has compounded the challenges of poverty and hunger across the world, adding urgency to the call to galvanize action and delivery of the SDGs and the eradication of poverty and hunger, particularly in rural areas. Inadequate land use patterns and lack of sufficient arable land, land degradation, and desertification compound the perennial problems of poverty and hunger in many developing countries. Juncao technology that the National Engineering Research Centre of the Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University of China has developed, has allowed smallholder farmers to grow nutritious mushrooms from dried, chopped grasses, without cutting down trees and damaging the environment. This environmental-friendly technology can help small-scale farmers and farming communities to develop a low-cost, commercial-scale mushroom cultivation industry that can provide sustainable livelihood options for family farmers and rural entrepreneurs along agri-food value chains. In addition, the technology can also be used for producing cattle feed, methane gas as a renewable source of energy and minimize soil erosion.
To support countries in achieving the SDGs, the Chinese President Xi Jinping spearheaded a series of initiatives, notably the establishment of the China-UN Peace and Development Trust Fund. The Fund aims to promote scientific and technological innovation in the developing world and contribute to the work of the UN and multilateralism. Sponsored through the Fund, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), in collaboration the National Engineering Research Centre for Juncao Technology of the Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, launched an SDG project on poverty alleviation and sustainable agriculture through using Juncao technology in several developing countries.
Through south-south cooperation, this initiative aims to enhance knowledge and strengthen national capacities of developing countries to improve their policies and programmes by supporting sustainable agriculture, promoting productive activities, income generation and entrepreneurship, contributing to getting back on track and accelerating global efforts to achieve the SDGs. In particular, the project is addressing rural poverty and hunger, decent job deficits and inequality as key levers to getting back on track to achieve the SDGs.
1. After registration, the ZOOM link, meeting ID and passcode will be sent to the email address you filled in.
2. The virtual tour is conducted by a combination of live broadcast and recorded video. To ensure the viewing effect, good access to the internet is necessary.