Food Security and Smallholder Farmers

With this debate we start this year’s World Food Convention to address the central question of one of the greatest challenges of our modern time. FAO in its 2020 report on the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the world starts that since 2014 the number of undernourished people grows year by year. Also, the world is not on track to reach the Zero Hunger SDG by 2030. Instead, the current trend points to an increase in number of undernourished people. It remains unclear what level of devastation the Covid-19 pandemic will bring. The latest available global economic projections indicate that, depending on the economic growth scenario, the pandemic could increase the number of undernourished people by 83 to 132 million. We would like to talk about the greatest challenges and innovative solutions along the following lead questions.

According to the UN, 690 million people (almost ten percent of the world’s population) have suffered from chronic hunger in 2019. The UN estimates that the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic added between 83 and 132 million people to that number in 2020. People in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean are most affected by malnutrition.
Free access to sufficient food and drinking water for everyone is one of the most important prerequisites to a dignified coexistence in a global society. The objective is to provide the entire global population with sufficient, safe and healthy food.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by the United Nations proposes a global rethink of poverty and hunger eradication and draws a line: end poverty and hunger within 15 years. For this, a more coordinated and targeted policy is needed as the momentum of the agenda increases.

With the BMZ special initiative “A World Without Hunger,” German development cooperation is providing an impetus worldwide and contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
At our World Food Convention we discuss strategies for global food security. Ethical, political and regulatory aspects such as supply chains and the pricing of food are going to play an important role.

 

Speaker

Arif joined WFP in 2003 and since then he has served in many senior positions both in the field and the headquarters. He has also worked for the World Bank and taught at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.
Arif’s work focuses on analysing food security and welfare conditions in developing countries to inform humanitarian response. His research interests include application of information technologies to improve humanitarian response; understanding linkages between poverty, hunger, conflict and migration; and analysing how global economic shocks impact food security, social protection and emergency and development assistance. Arif has a Ph.D. in agricultural and applied economics with a minor in forestry from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Jacqueline Mkindi is a Development Manager specialized in Agriculture Business and Trade. She is the CEO for TAHA and Chairperson of TAHA Commercial Companies (TAHAFRESH Handling Ltd, GreenCert Ltd and Fresh2Markets Ltd), an entrepreneur and has provided strong leadership in shaping and transforming the multi million dollars horticultural industry in Tanzania. She has been very instrumental in creating and facilitating transformative partnerships with the Government of Tanzania and Development Partners such as USAID, EU, UNDP,  International Trade Centre (ITC), the Dutch, Belgian, Finnish, Swedish (SIDA) and Danish (DANIDA) Governments,  to mention but a few. She has participated in a number of trade facilitation and negotiations platforms particularly on EAC, SADC, ECOWAS, EU and also on business issues governing trade relationship between African countries and United States of America.

 

Her involvement in various business and trade facilitation processes at the national, regional and international levels has significantly contributed towards the speedy growth of the industry, TAHA and its subsidiaries. Jacqueline serves on Advisory Boards of several Public and Private Local, Regional and International platforms. Just to mention a few, she is chairing the Agriculture Council of Tanzania (ACT) and sits on the executive council of the Board of the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF). She also represents Tanzania in the Consultative Committee of the Common Fund for Commodities with headquarters in The Hague, The Netherlands. She was recently nominated a member of an International Steering Committee of the Food and Forest Development Finland (FFD) – Hope, a platform to promote climate responsibility and sustainable development to mitigate climate change risks where she represents the Southern Farmer Organizations World.

 

Jacqueline is a Certified Director and has been awarded a Certificate in Directorship (CiDir) by the Institute of Directors in Tanzania (IoDT) in August, 2019.

She has won several local and international awards as A Woman of Impact in transforming agriculture, particularly the horticulture industry in Tanzania.

… Development Research (ZEF), Chair of the Scientific Group, UN Food Systems Summit

His research is on economic development, science and technology policy, poverty reduction, food and nutrition security, agriculture, resource economics and trade.

He serves as Chair of the Scientific Group for the Food Systems Summit 2021 of the UN Secretary General.

von Braun is President of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences of the Vatican, member of various other academies.

From 2002 to 2009, he was director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) based in Washington DC.

… a member of the Executive Leadership Team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Rodger oversees the Agricultural Development, Financial Services for the Poor, Gender, and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programs within the foundation with approximately $700 million in annual grant payout and program related investments.

Keynotes and Videostatements

Member of the Bundestag since 1994

until 2005 foreign and European policy spokesman of the CSU state group

2005 to 2013 Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection

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… Chair of the Scientific Group, UN Food Systems Summit

His research is on economic development, science and technology policy, poverty reduction, food and nutrition security, agriculture, resource economics and trade.

He serves as Chair of the Scientific Group for the Food Systems Summit 2021 of the UN Secretary General.

von Braun is President of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences of the Vatican, member of various other academies.

From 2002 to 2009, he was director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) based in Washington DC.

Year by year, food security for the world’s population becomes more and more difficult. Endless debates deal with this issue, but where are the ideas and discussions being put into practice? Where is a change in thinking already taking place;what are politics, business and society already doing and where is the scope for action still expandable? These and other important questions have been discussed at our Panel “Food Security and Smallfarmer Holders” Speaker: Dr. Arif Husain – Chief Economist at UN World Food Programme Dr. Jacqueline Mkindi – CEO of the TAHA GROUP, Prof. Dr. Joachim von Braun – Economist, Director of the Center for Development Research (ZEF), Chair of the Scientific Group, UN Food Systems Summit Rodger Voorhies – President of the Global Growth & Opportunity Division and a member of the Executive Leadership Team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Podcast on Food Security and Smallholder Farmers

In the new episode of the Agenda Podcast journalist Kevin Caners talks to Matthias Berninger, Head of Public Affairs and Sustainability at Bayer AG, about ways to make agriculture sustainable and advance its decarbonization.

Food Security is one of the pressing topics of our time. Harvest are endangered not only by climate change and extreme weather conditions but also by the over-reliance on monocultures and other modern agricultural habits. In this episode we talk to the scientist David Spencer, who is a doctoral researcher at the RWTH Aaachen University and a member of the Eco-Progressive Network about how sustainable food security can be ensured for the following generations.

(a german speaking podcast from our partner Green Life)

Bis 2050 wird die Weltbevölkerung auf ca. 9 Milliarden Menschen ansteigen. Dafür muss die landwirtschaftliche Produktion weiter gesteigert werden. Genau darin steckt das Dilemma: Mehr Nahrungsmittel produzieren und gleichzeitig die Ausbeutung unseres Planeten verhindern. Das geht sicher nicht mit Massentierhaltung, industriellem Fischfang und Regenwaldrodung. Die einzig denkbare Lösung für das Lebensmittelparadoxon des 21. Jahrhunderts ist eine radikale Änderung der Art und Weise, wie wir essen, Lebensmittel produzieren und globale Lebensmittelsysteme organisieren. Im Interview mit dem TAGESSPIEGEL diskutieren wir die aktuellen Lösungsvorschläge der World Food Convention und geben einen Überblick über den aktuellen Stand aus Wirtschaft, Politik und Wissenschaft.

 

Background

Policy Brief | SDG 2

Ending Hunger by 2030 – Policy Actions and Costs by Joachim von Braun (ZEF), Bezawit Beyene Chichaibelu (ZEF), Maximo Torero Cullen (FAO), David Laborde (IFPRI), Carin Smaller (IISD) 1. Introduction – the new research basis The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable

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FSS Briefs by Partners of Scientific Group

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Here you can find an interesting, german speaking podcast of our partner “Green Life”

Der Friedensnobelpreisträger WFP im Interview: Der Klimawandel heizt nicht nur die Atmosphäre, sondern auch den Welthunger weiter an. Wetterextreme machen mittlerweile bis zu 90 Prozent aller Naturkatastrophen in einem Jahr aus und führen schnell zu massiven Ernährungskrisen. Bis 2030 wird, je nach Region, mit einem Ernteausfall von bis zu 30% gerechnet und das bei stetig wachsender Weltbevölkerung. Steigende Nahrungsmittelpreise können dadurch bis zu 100 Millionen Menschen zusätzlich in die Armut treiben. Ein Überlebenskampf mit fatalen Folgen. Das UN World Food Programme (WFP) hat sich diesem Kampf angenommen und wurde dieses Jahr dafür mit dem Friedensnobelpreis geehrt. Nina Schroeder von WFP gibt uns ein aufwühlendes Bild von den täglichen Herausforderungen und Kraftanstrengungen, den Hunger auf der Welt in Zeiten des Klimawandels endlich in den Griff zu bekommen. Wie wir alle mithelfen können, diese Probleme gemeinsam zu bekämpfen, hört ihr in der aktuellen Folge. Copyright des Fotos: UN WFP/GREEN LIFE.

Hier die Folge auf spotify oder apple anhören.