FAO and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA) are hosting the Zoominar
to discuss private-sector innovations to support smallholder farmers of The Near East and North Africa. Now they are facing the destructive effects of COVID-19 and need the renovation to survive the pandemic. The event is called “Zoominar VI I on The Role of Private Sector in the Use of Innovation and Technology to Support Smallholders Face COVID-19 Disruptive Impact”.
The CEO of FCE Group AG, Gregory Arzumanian, becomes one of the invited speakers of this event. The experience of FCE project can be useful for making decisions on the resumption and strengthening of the small agricultural business, and we are encouraged to share our concepts and offer our solutions.
The pandemic has not yet ended, but the world is already forced to deal with its global consequences, the cessation of supply continuity, and the destruction of the value chain in agriculture. Only public attention and joint efforts of public-private partnerships and regional cooperation will help small farmers and landowners to get out of these circumstances and increase their sustainability and resistance to crises, disasters, and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Participants will discuss the following essential issues for the current economic situation:
• What are the success elements of COVID-19 technology, innovation, and digitization initiatives?
• What policies and strategies are needed to strengthen public-private partnerships and support the implementation of innovations and technologies?
• What framework is needed to strengthen regional cross border collaboration in agri-food system innovation and technology?
The discussion will be opened by three introductory remarks by:
, Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for the Near East and North Africa, FAO.
, Cluster Leader, Climate Change, and Natural Resources Sustainability Cluster – UN ESCWA.
, Deputy Director-General – FAO.
Facilitation will be held by Reem Nejdawi
, Project Coordinator, Climate change, and Natural Resources Sustainability Cluster –UN-ESCWA.
Source: The Zoominar is organized to discuss the problems
Source: Speakers will share their opinions and solutions
Source: Innovations - way out and growth for smallholders
The Zoominar is organized to discuss the urgent problems of the agricultural industry in the crisis of the pandemic and ways out the private sector can provide. Technology and innovation are the way out and growth for smallholders even in difficult times. The speakers of the event will share their foresight and solutions:
Nadine El Khoury, Chief Operating Officer – Robinson Agri. Robinson Agri is a Lebanese manufacturer of greenhouses and a supplier of agricultural and irrigation products, and also offers customers technical support and know-how. Robinson Agri owns two factories, Greenhouses and PE pipes, and a state-of-the-art grafting nursery. The company seeks to develop and innovate contemporary farming.
Raphael Debbane, President of the Agricultural Committee – Federation of Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture in Lebanon.
Rafiq El Alami, Head of Digital Learning & Digital 4 Research Labs – Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, Morocco, and CEO - Co-Founder CityMall.ma. The company offers para pharmaceutical products in Morocco.
Gregory Arzumanian, Founder and CEO of FCE Group AG and co-founder of 1000Ecofarms, LLC (MD, USA).
Kareem Hassan, Executive Director – ESCWA Technology Center.
Islam Mamoun, Chief Business Officer – E-Finance, Egypt. E-Finance is a state-run financial technology company, the first fintech company in Egypt.
Digitization is a way to reduce the negative impact of the pandemic on small farmers. We are confident that digitization will make broken connections and value chains strong, stable, and secure, and we are ready to contribute to global renewal. The experience of FCE Group AG is valuable, and we are pleased to contribute to the discussion.
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