March 20, 2015 – This week members of the Private Sector Mechanism (PSM) were at the UN FAO Head Quarters in Rome to give their views on how new Principles on Responsible Agricultural Investment can be used to respond to the urgent need to increase global investment in farm production. The ten Principles were endorsed by the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in October 2014 and are designed to ‘provide a framework to rethink investment in agriculture and food systems’. The agri-business community was invited to help draft the Principles, which look at natural resource use, land rights, employment, empowerment of women, farm innovation, and more.
At this week’s meeting the PSM members highlighted that on average, businesses of all sizes provide 60% of GDP, 80% of capital flows and 90% of jobs in developing countries, and are the major source of the US$1 trillion a year needed to finance development. In the context of the CFS Principles, governments can leverage this potential by prioritizing stable, predictable and transparent regulatory frameworks and legal systems to attract sustainable investments in agriculture.
The Private Sector Mechanism speakers at the ‘Kick-Start’ meeting were:
- Barrie Bain, International Fertilizer Industry Association
- Natalia Federighi, Yara International
- Bernd Schanzenbacher, EBG Capital
The PSM official statement is here:
February 4, 2015 – The UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) has published a promotional video featuring seven leaders from the food and farming business community alongside governments, UN officials and civil society representatives.
The aim of the video is to bring to light the work undertaken by the CFS, the United Nations’ forum for reviewing policies concerning world food security. Importantly, agri-businesses have a ‘seat at the table’ in this forum through what is known as the Private Sector Mechanism, allowing their voices to be heard on an equal footing with those of governments, political decision makers and civil society.
In order of appearance, the private sector representatives on the video are:
Jan Dyer, Canadian Canola Growers’ Association
Mike Michener, CropLife International
Nico Van Belzen, International Dairy Federation
Natalia Federighi, Yara International
Charles Ogang, Uganda National Farmers Federation
Barrie Bain, Informa
Robynne Anderson, IAFN
Find out more about the work we do with the CFS here.
January 29, 2015 – Hakan Bahceci, Chair of the International Agri Food Network, currently features on the website of FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva, amid his campaign to run for a second term in office. Hakan Bahceci has joined hundreds of global actors to call for the strengthening of partnerships in global agri-food discussions and commend the achievements of recent years, which have seen increased meaningful participation of businesses and an office for the Private Sector Mechanism at the FAO alongside other stakeholders.
In addition, FAO has released a video celebrating its partnerships with businesses, civil society and other external stakeholders. The video, which features Esin Mete, President of the International Fertilizer Industry Association, can be viewed here
The dates for the PSM and IAFN annual meetings in Rome have been fixed for 12 & 13 May and businesses from across the agri-food value chain are invited to register through our website.
In addition, the International Agri-Food Network has drafted its work plan for 2015, with specific focus on bringing insights and experience on the following issues at the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS):
- 90 person delegation at the 42nd UN Committee on World Food Security, 12-17 October (register here)
- Implementation process of the 2014 Principles on Responsible Agricultural Investment
- 25 June High-Level Forum on Connecting Smallholders to Markets
- Input from Rome into the Post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals
- Round Table “A Plan of Action to Build Knowledge, Skills, and Talent Development to Further Food and Nutrition Security”
- HLPE renewal, as well as its work on water and food security, and livestock
- The next steps for the outcomes of the 2nd International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2)