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A Side-event to the high-level political forum 2017   

With 20 to 30 million people at immediate risk of famine in July 2017 in only four countries, the world is currently facing levels of food insecurity unprecedented since world war II. One of the main causes of this dramatic regression is protracted crises, often triggered by conflicts, climate shocks, or both; and their complexity makes successful interventions particularly challenging:  Zero hunger is an illusion in a world affected by protracted crises.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR FARMERS AND SMEs TO ATTEND THE UN COMMITTEE ON WORLD FOOD SECURITY

The Private Sector Mechanism to the UN Committee on World Food Security will be sponsoring the participation of several farmers and SMEs representatives in the annual meeting of the UN Committee on World Food Security that will take place October 9 to 13 at the FAO in Rome, Italy. 

Agriculture and Food Day took place last month in New York City with a series of panels discussing the potential of agriculture and food through the SDGs. One panel, in particular, emphasised the role agriculture plays in achieving Goal 2.  The subsequent speakers stressed the importance of Achieving Goal 2 and how this interconnects with a number of the other SDGs. Ambassador Grant showcased the importance of women's participation in the agri-food value chain. Next, H.E. Ms. Mary Mubi spoke about the Scaling Up Nutrition effort and the specific work in the context of Zimbabwe as a leader in the movement to incorporate nutrition into its efforts on achieving Goal 2. 

The eminent panel that followed highlighted the importance of science to advance the SDGs and the vital role of farming. From the voice of farmers themselves and the improvements made through conservation tillage, to the role of trade, partnerships, and agricultural research, leaders in agriculture spoke to concrete measures to advance food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture. They also highlighted the importance of investing throughout the agrifood chain, including research in agriculture to achieve Goal 2. 

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.