After 2015 – The road towards the next global development agenda:
Toward zero hunger and sustainable food production? Global food security and nutrition in the post-2015 agenda
Halving the number of people who suffer from hunger by 2015 – the first MDG – is within reach. Yet, 870 million people are still chronically undernourished in the world.
At the Rio+20 conference, the Secretary-General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon, launched the Zero Hunger Challenge, envisioning a world of lasting food security and no hunger. This seminar will explore how this challenge can be met within the post-2015 agenda.
The world food system faces major challenges. Extreme weather provoked by global warming makes the task to feed the world population more difficult as the strain on scarce resources, such as fresh water and arable land, is predicted to intensify. Volatile food prices, increased biofuel production, and large-scale land acquisition entail further pressure. At the same time, the world population is estimated to reach 9 billion people over the next few decades – while the global middle-class is likely to double – causing a substantially growing demand for food.
And yet hunger is often labeled the world’s greatest solvable problem. Enough food is produced globally, but some 300 million tons of food are discarded every year in the developed countries alone. Such staggering waste exceeds the total food production of sub-Saharan Africa and would be enough to feed the 870 million hungry.
While the MDG for combating hunger mainly targets the developing countries, calls are being made to address food security as a global issue in the post-2015 agenda. Recent consultations in the FAO suggest that nutrition and healthy diets should be incorporated, including tackling obesity. This “new global pandemic,” as WHO has dubbed it, is spreading in the North as well as the South, posing a serious threat to public health that involves massive medical costs.
Co-organized by the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, FAO Nordic and UNDP, this seminar takes a broad look at present challenges and possibilities for global food security:
· What is required to meet the Zero Hunger Challenge?
· How can a new goal for food security be framed universally and with targets for both developed and developing countries? What key factors should this involve?
· How can the massive food waste, in both developed and developing regions, be reduced?
Richard China, Director of the FAO Liaison Office with the European Union and Belgium. Richard China has worked on development for more than three decades in over forty countries in various parts of the world, with the UK Overseas Development Administration and the World Bank, among other institutions. He joined FAO in 1992 and has served as Mission Leader in the Investment Centre Division, as Chief, Rehabilitation and Humanitarian Policies Unit in the Emergency Operations and Rehabilitation Division and Director, Policy and Programme Development Support Division.
Maria Elena Rebagay, Senior Policy Advocacy Officer with the Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA), a regional federation of farmer’s organizations composed of around 11 million small-scale farmers across Asia. Maria Elena Rebagay has been involved in agrarian reform, agricultural cooperative building, and organization and leadership development for over two decades. Her advocacy work to promote sustainable and participatory rural development engages many regional and international bodies, including ASEAN, FAO, IFAD, and ADB.
Lennart Båge was the President of the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development between 2001 and 2009. Lennart Båge is an economist by training and has a long-standing experience in international development, global affairs, research and financing issues, from the UN system as well as the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden. He is a member of the boards of, i.a., Sida, KSLA and SLU.
The seminar starts at 12:00, lunch sandwiches will be served from 11.30.
For further information, please contact Monica Lorensson, UNDP, 0768 83 96 56, email@example.com, Jakob Lundberg, FAO Nordic, 0762 09 42 48, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Annika Söder, Dag Hammarskjold Foundation, 0708 75 75 54, email@example.com
This event forms part of the seminar series on the post-2015 agenda jointly organised by the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and UNDP Nordic Office. The next seminar, to take place in mid-May, will address the theme “Beyond economic growth and global statistics – Measuring real development.” More information to come!