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Updated: Feb 25

Today, we are living in the coronavirus pandemic conditions. COVID-19 is a novel zoonotic disease caused by a coronavirus. How this virus moved from animal to human populations is yet to be determined according to the WHO. The source of the zoonotic diseases are bacterial infections, vector-borne infections, parasite infections and viral infections.


In this context, "One Health" approach is really valuable and it was created by the WHO, FAO and OIE.


One Health is a collaborative, multisectoral, and trans-disciplinary approach - working at local, regional, national, and global levels - to achieve optimal health and well-being outcomes recognizing the interconnections between people, animals, plants and their shared environment.


In other words, we can define the One Health as an approach that recognizes that the health of people is closely connected to the health of animals and our shared environment.


The contamination, pollution and climate change conditions affect the planetary environmental health. This may affect the human and animal health and lead to emergence of new infectious diseases.


Nearly 75 percent of all emerging human infectious diseases in the past three decades originated in animals (Zoonotic diseases), especially wildlife.


Sahara Karagöl Ecosystem Artvin

The principal drivers for the emergence of the zoonotic diseases are associated with human activities, including changes in ecosystems and land use, loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services, deforestation, intensification of agriculture, use of antibiotics and pesticides, urbanisation, destruction of the wild life and international travel and trade.


The world population is projected to grow to 9 billion by 2050. This creates an increasing pressure to provide adequate healthcare, food and water.


In this context, a collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach is needed to ensure animal, human, and environmental health that covers environmental and ecosystem health, social sciences, ecology, wildlife, land use, and biodiversity.


There is a strong need to understand the ecology of each emerging zoonotic disease in order to undertake a risk assessment, and to develop plans for response and control.


Application of One Health concept will create value added impact on the prevention of the emerging and endemic zoonoses, and antimicrobial resistance, and achieving the food safety.


Keep ecosystem healthy today and tomorrow!






Agroecology in Rize Turkey

Today, the COVID-19 pandemic showed significant gaps and weaknesses in urban food systems worldwide. This affects food security. 70% of the global food supply is consumed by the people living in the cities.

According to my experience and knowledge in implementing strategies of the farm to fork and biodiversity, the key lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic in order to ensure inclusive and resilient food systems are:


1. Developing sustainable food systems against shocks and extreme events

2. Promoting the local agroecological production through urban and peri-urban agriculture and implementing short supply chains and ensuring food safety, traceability, and self sufficiency

3. Developing and implementing efficient, safe and innovative food distribution systems, and traditional markets, and facilitating access to food for the vulnerable people through social protection programmes

4. Creating a platform of cities and ensuring collaboration

5. Increasing the number of trees and forests, protecting and improving biodiversity, wildlife and ecosystem services

6. Increasing awareness of the people

7. Promoting investments in agrigenomics, agroecology, ICT, green technologies, innovation and internationalization.


Cattle farming in Artvin



Effective and long-term innovation management must be your strategic roadmap to create powerful innovations that deliver success in a complex and competitive world.


I want to share one of my best experiences to you. We have successfully designed, developed and implemented the Turkey's first and only Tea Research and Application Centre (TRAC/ÇAYMER Project) in Rize. This project was funded by the EU and total investment was 10 million euro. . As a Key Expert, I am proud that ÇAYMER creates productivity, high quality, collaboration, international market access, competitiveness and growth for the Turkish tea industry. Turkish tea is under snow in winter season and it is pesticide free. ÇAYMER has a state of the art production, ISO 17025 accredited tea analysis laboratory, R&D and packaging facilities. ÇAYMER applies EU Food and Codex Alimentarius standartds. As a Key Expert 2, I am proud that ÇAYMER creates productivity, high quality, collaboration, international market access, competitiveness and growth for the Turkish tea industry.


Premium quality and excellence in Rize Tea.

In this context, effective and long-term innovation management must be your strategic roadmap to create powerful innovations that deliver success in a complex and competitive world.


Ask these questions to yourself:


1. How do you become a more innovative thinker?

2. How do you lead and manage creative people in your organization?

3. How can you use innovation tools to get the best results?

4. How can you engage people in innovation and business goals?

5. How do you create innovative ideas?

6. How do you lead competitive intelligence and sector analysis?

7. How do you avoid pitfalls, problems and roadblocks in business process, operations and competition?

8. How do you design, develop and implement your long-term strategic marketing and innovation roadmap?


Answer these questions and take actions accordingly to create most valuable benefits to achieve an agile, internationalized and high performing organization!



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