He emphasized that "while securing its own national food security, China has also been helping other developing countries through bilateral and multi-lateral South-South and triangular cooperation programs."
The FAO chief said despite the great progress made both in China and globally, agriculture development and food and nutrition security are confronted with multiple challenges such as climate change, which, if left unchecked, will reverse development gains made in the domain of food security over the last decades and even make further gains impossible.
"Globally, after steadily declining for over a decade, global hunger is on the rise again, affecting 815 million people in 2016, or 11 percent of the global population," he said.
"For China, maintaining and sustaining food and nutrition security of Chinese people, especially in the context of increasing population, rapid urbanization and rather limited natural resource per-capita, remains a strategic focus of the country," said Graziano da Silva.
"The (FAO) Country Programming for China (2016-2020) has made it first priority to foster sustainable and climate resilient agricultural development in the country," he said.
"China's development provides a valuable reference for other countries, in particularly the developing countries. It is believed that lessons learned and best practices in combating food insecurity and addressing climate change could be further shared with other developing countries under the framework of South-South cooperation and the Belt and Road initiative," he added.