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UN Develops Model for Data, Transparency to Reshape Food System

The UNFAO is striving to develop a new business model based on science, data, transparency and accountability that fosters strong partnerships with the private sector

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The meeting offered a platform to discuss and reinforce partnerships for realizing the much-needed transformation in food systems, and mobilizing all available technology, innovation, knowledge and expertise. Pixabay

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation is striving to develop a new business model based on science, data, transparency and accountability that fosters strong partnerships with the private sector, FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu said on Friday.

“The world needs a strong, efficient and dynamic FAO. And FAO needs strong reliable partnerships with you,” Qu told representatives from the private sector at a meeting held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.

The meeting offered a platform to discuss and reinforce partnerships for realizing the much-needed transformation in food systems, and mobilizing all available technology, innovation, knowledge and expertise to achieve positive impact at scale in the agriculture sectors, according to a statement from the Rome-based FAO.

FAO presented the new Hand-in-Hand Initiative to private sector and foundation representatives, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and dairy giant Danone, as well as UN entities and other institutions, with the aim of garnering support and feedback, the statement said.

Hand-to-Hand looks at bringing together countries with the highest poverty and hunger rates and developed countries to support development efforts in the Least Landlocked Developing Countries, Least Developed Small Island Developing States, and countries affected by food crises.

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The world needs a strong, efficient and dynamic FAO. And FAO needs strong reliable partnerships with you. Pixabay

In its next phase, the initiative will support highly-populated, less developed countries, the statement added.

FAO works to make private sector investments compliant with the Sustainable Development Goals across the agricultural value chain, the statement underlined.

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An example is FAO’s AgrInvest programme being implemented in Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Niger, and Burkina Fas, which leverages development funding to unlock private investments for the agri-food sector, the statement noted. (IANS)

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Here’s How Alexa Will Let You Order Gifts Online

Customers can quickly place an order through this Skill for their special someone by just giving voice commands

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The new Alexa Skill will also give customers suggestions and options to choose from bestselling gifts. Pixabay

India’s largest gifting brand, Ferns N Petals, has become the first such brand to launch Alexa Skill for gift delivery in Asia, the company said on Monday.

The Skill allows customers to order and send flowers or cakes through the voice assistant.

The brand is anticipating that the business generated through this initiative will touch 10 per cent of the overall online business by 2025.

“We are pleased to be the first player in the gifting industry to roll out Alexa Skill to provide our users an easy access and convenient ordering process of the products in flowers and cakes category,” said Pawan Gadia, CEO, online and retail, Ferns N Petals.

The company has developed ‘The Ferns N Petals Alexa Skill’ for easy access on all Alexa-enabled devices.

Customers can quickly place an order through this Skill for their special someone by just giving voice commands.

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India’s largest gifting brand, Ferns N Petals, has become the first such brand to launch Alexa Skill for gift delivery in Asia. Pixabay

In Phase 1, Alexa Skill will be launched for existing customers who have an account with Ferns N Petals and have a saved address in their profile.

The Skill will also give customers suggestions and options to choose from bestselling gifts.

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Customers can simply enable Alexa Skill for FNP and say, “Alexa, open Ferns N Petals” followed by “I’d like to order a cake”, the company said. (IANS)