WEEK 19 - MR. PAUL POLMAN, SDG ADVOCATE, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, UNILEVER
The beauty of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs) is the interdependence and mutuality of the goals. Progress against one goal generates progress for all.
Nowhere are these linkages more evident than in SDG2 on Zero Hunger. Tackling SDG2 outcomes on food, nutrition and land-use will help deliver progress across all 17 goals - from improving health to addressing gender equality to climate change.
Take poverty alleviation: studies have shown that for every 10 per cent increase in farm yields, there was a 7 per cent reduction in poverty in Africa, and a reduction of over 5 per cent in Asia. Increased yields also enhances farmer livelihoods, reduces inequalities and boosts education levels.
And research has shown that these yield increases need not cost the earth. Incorporating sustainable agricultural practises such as water-use efficiency and soil management can improve yields while simultaneously conserving critical environmental services. A win-win for people and the planet.
The UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) is the main United Nations body in charge of developing policy recommendations and guidance on a wide range of food security and nutrition issues. The Committee reports to the UN General Assembly through the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and to FAO Conference.
The annual session of the CFS takes place every year in October and brings together over 1100 food security and nutrition experts. This year the CFS will be holding its 44th Annual Session from October 9 to 13 at FAO Headquarters in Rome. Due to its multi-stakeholder approach, the CFS is the only intergovernmental forum within the UN system, where the participation of private sector associations and civil society organizations is facilitated by their own autonomously established coordination mechanisms.
Nikki Chaudhary has a dream – to reshape the Indian dairy industry resulting in improved livelihoods for the millions of small scale dairy farmers across the country.
To realise her dream Nikki has begun a breeding program to create a herd of dairy cows that are more resilient and adapted to India's hot and humid conditions. If successful the herd will produce large quantities of high fat milk throughout the year regardless of climate. This contrasts with the current situation where herds produce less milk during the summer and require additional, costly, care to survive the heat. Supported by the innovative GFAR/YPARD Young Agripreneurs Project (YAP) Nikki will be collecting valuable data, knowledge and experience over the next 18 – 24 months to share with small scale farmers, government agencies and not for profit organisations which, she hopes, will help influence policy and practice. Ultimately Nikki will begin selling the herd's progeny to local farmers which will help them to stablise and grow their annual incomes.
Week 15 - Forest Whitaker, Member of the SDG Advocacy Group, CEO-Founder of the Whitaker Peace & Development initiative, UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation
Knowledge and information have become transformative dimensions of our existence and are key drivers behind the implementation of all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). From government to small villages, knowledge and information guides what people do and how they do it. The 2030 Agenda recognizes the need to develop knowledge societies where everyone has opportunities to learn and engage with others, which starkly highlights the need for access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). This is my reading of SDG 9, which calls on states to “build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.”
The International Agri-Food Network has partnered with Farming First, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, the International Food Policy Research Institute, the Global Agriculture & Food Security Policy, the International Council for Science, Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa and Nuffield Internal Farming Scholars to host “Agriculture and Food Day to Implement the Sustainable Development Goals”, which will be held at the Yale Club in New York City. The event will raise awareness of the critical need for investment in Goal 2 on ending hunger and its interlinkages with the other SDGs under focus during the High Level Political Forum being held at the United Nations in New York the same week.
Mr. Chairman, thank you for this opportunity to make a brief intervention on behalf of the International Agri-Food Network (IAFN) on SDG 2.
As noted by previous speakers we have, over the past two days, engaged in a rich discussion, in the context of the Expert Group Meeting, on all aspects of this Goal which we consider pivotal to the overall achievement of the 2030 Agenda. We thank DESA, the FAO, IFAD and the WFP for their collaborative efforts that made this possible.
Three accomplished and talented women will join the prestigious Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2017. Robynne Anderson, Patty Jones and Jean Szkotnicki will be formally inducted into the national Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Thursday, November 30, 2017 in Calgary, Alberta.
“I am personally thrilled that more Canadian women are being recognized this year for their extraordinary accomplishments in the Canadian agriculture industry,” says President Herb McLane, Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame Association. “This year’s three inductees have contributed to the strength and health of our industry from very different perspectives – covering the animal health sector, publishing and consulting, and livestock photography. With more than 210 inductees in the Hall of Fame, and only five of them women, it is very heartening to be recognizing the outstanding contributions these three women continue to add to the Canadian agricultural industry.”
The Cornell Alliance for Science, in close collaboration with the Global Farmer Network, is seeking nominations for a 2017 Cornell Alliance for Science Leadership Course for Farmers. The Leadership Course for Farmers is an intensive six-day (September 18–23, 2017) training course to be held in Moline, Illinois, USA. The course is designed for farmers around the world who are committed to advocating for increased access to agricultural biotechnology as a means of addressing challenges such as food security, agricultural sustainability, and climate change. This course will be taught in English.
This interactive training course will focus on providing participants with the frameworks, tools, and support they need to be effective advocates for scientific innovation in their home countries. Course participants will discuss common challenges, engage in collective problem solving, and share best practices. We will take an applied approach; participants will conduct assessments of the issue landscape, hone their public speaking skills, and explore how to apply grassroots organizing, strategic relationship-building, and targeted communications to influence key stakeholder groups.
Rome, 9 June 2017: Donald Moore, Executive Director of the Global Dairy Platform, has been elected Chair of the International Agri-Food Network (IAFN). The IAFN works on a wide variety of issues relating to agriculture, food and nutrition, and serves as the focal point for the Private Sector Mechanism (PSM) of the United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS).
Moore will lead the IAFN in the next two years in bringing together international agricultural associations representing over 10,000 businesses worldwide in 135 countries. “The private sector has a fundamental role to play in creating a sustainable future. We are committed to working together with multilateral organizations, Rome-based UN agencies, and other key actors to promote agricultural development, achieve food security and improved nutrition,” stated Moore upon his nomination at IAFN’s Annual General Meeting in Rome.