IAFN Updates

This article was written by Simon Gie, Nutritionist and content writer for the UN World Food Programme. 
It was originally shared on World Food Programme Insights.

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On July 13, the International Agri-Food Network partnered with a number of leading organizations to host “Agriculture and Food Day” to celebrate, discuss, negotiate, analyze, and brainstorm around the role of Agriculture and Food in relation to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

For Agriculture and Food Day, attendees used the #Ag4SDGs hashtag to discuss the event on social media. UN twitter accounts, organisations, speakers, and delegates shared articles and comments throughout the day regarding food security, SDGs, and agricultures impact. 

With these words, Global Farmer Network member, Zimbabwe farmer and now Michigan State University student Nyasha Mudukuti begins an op-ed that was published in The Detroit News August 9, 2017. Because of Nyasha’s work through the Global Farmer Network, a willingness to tell her story of farming in Zimbabwe and sharing a passion for making agriculture in Zimbabwe – and all of Africa – sustainable and life-sustaining, she was selected to receive a MasterCard Foundation Scholarship and will taking her Masters work in plant breeding, genetics and biotechnology at Michigan State University this fall.

The Practitioner Hub for Inclusive Business is hosting a Webinar on 31 August 2017, 5 pm Nariobi (3 pm London and 10 am Washington) for the launch of the report “More than Money: Mapping the landscape of advisory support for inclusive business” from USAID.

As impact entrepreneurs and their backers are increasingly looking beyond the finance that enterprises need, different types of non-financial support or advisory support for inclusive business have mushroomed and are increasingly seen as fundamental to success at scale.

In the context of the 2017 UN High-Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF), the International Agri-Food Network (IAFN) partnered with 12 organizations host Agriculture and Food Day on July 13th at the Yale Club in New York City. The purpose of this event was to raise awareness of the critical need for investment in Sustainable Development Goal 2 (“zero hunger”) for the achievement of all the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). The day involved a thematically-focused plenary session, a series of roundtable discussions to address interlinkages between SDG’s, and a dynamic luncheon featuring youth in agriculture.

Monday 2 – Tuesday 3 October 2017 | WP1565

Held in Harvard Club, New York City

Context

Poor diet is the number one risk factor for early death, contributing to 20% of global deaths with the burden falling disproportionately on children under five and women of reproductive age.

On July 13, the International Agri-Food Network partnered with a number of leading organizations to host “Agriculture and Food Day” to celebrate, discuss, negotiate, analyze, and brainstorm around the role of Agriculture and Food in relation to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. The day included a thematically-focused plenary session with high-level speakers including high-ranking UN diplomats, a series of roundtable discussions on inter-linkages in SDGs, and dynamic luncheon featuring youth in agriculture with the goal to raise awareness of the critical need for investment in Goal 2.

To better coordinate business participation in the 72nd Regular Session of the UN General Assembly (UN GA Week), the UN Global Compact is creating a General Assembly Business Guide which lists events that may be of interest to companies during and around UN GA Week. 

“The Addis Agenda and the SDGs can bring the public and private sector together for sustainable development.” —Ms. Preeti Sinha, Senior President, YES Institute, India

Building on the official summary of the forum by the President of ECOSOC, a new publication has been released to provide detailed coverage of the substantive discussions at the 2017 Second Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) forum on financing for development follow-up (FfD forum), held from 22 to 25 May 2017 in New York. It also includes a series of annexes containing summaries of the side events held during the forum and other relevant documents.

Final days to participate in e-Consultation on Rural women: striving for gender transformative impacts

The FAO’s FSN Forum is running an e-consultation on Rural Women that is meant to feed into the agenda for the Commission on the Status of Women that will take place in March 2018 at the United Nations in New York. CSW is an important venue to address the challenges and opportunities faced by rural women and girls. The e-consultation is inviting all stakeholders to provide answers and share case-studies on this topic.