In a significant step towards fostering collaboration and innovation, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and logistics company DHL Group signed a Memorandum of Understanding in the framework of the 28th UN Climate Change Conference in the United Arab Emirates on December 11, 2023. The event featured the partnership signing ceremony and the launch of the “Innovation for Food Systems Transformation” global innovation challenge by UNIDO and DHL Group. Fueled by the collective expertise of both entities, this collaboration strives to transform agribusiness and climate-related initiatives. At the core of this partnership is the drive to enhance food preservation, reduce food waste in African markets, and improve global market accessibility for producers.
Gunther Beger, Managing Director of UNIDO’s Directorate for SDG Innovation and Economic Transformation, underscored the commitment to fostering economic transformation and driving innovation for enduring positive change. “This partnership with DHL Group holds immense potential in addressing food security and establishing sustainable food supply chains,” affirmed Beger. “Uniting industry expertise and innovative solutions is paramount in tackling global challenges and nurturing a more sustainable future.”
The Innovation Challenge serves as a beacon, seeking out trailblazing technology providers who have designed sustainable solutions within agribusiness supply chains and logistics. These solutions should address hurdles within the ‘first-mile’ supply chain, enhance farmers’ livelihoods, and champion adopting a sustainable food system that eliminates all forms of waste. Emphasizing a keen interest in multiple sectors that foster innovative solutions at the crossroads of logistics and sustainability, the collaboration focuses on clean technology, perishable logistics, new sustainable business models, smart solutions, and sustainable packaging and containers.
Steven Pope, Head of Trade Facilitation at DHL Group, expressed: “DHL Group and UNIDO join hands, committed to minimizing food waste and shifting the paradigms of agriculture. I am proud to sign this Memorandum of Understanding on DHL’s behalf, as I believe this partnership is a beacon of hope. We continue towards a more sustainable and equitable global food system to uplift farmers’ livelihoods and ensure they will see sustainable benefits in this transformative journey towards a better, more resilient agricultural future.”
This partnership stands as a testament to joined efforts aimed at redefining the future of agribusiness, sustainability, and global impact. Through innovative solutions and concerted actions, UNIDO and DHL pave the way for a world where food waste is minimized, sustainability is prioritized, and markets are inclusive and thriving for producers.
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