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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