Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires locally adapted agricultural practices that foster productivity, maintain environmental sustainability and promote rural livelihoods. Agriculture is a steward of the natural environment including land and water. The world’s farmers provide provide ecosystem services, food production, and livelihoods.
Each year, during the weeklong Plenary session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS46), attendees have the opportunity to host side events on key topics of relevance to CFS' mandate. In previous years, members of the Private Sector Mechanism have hosted side events on topics ranging from Agroecology to Women's Empowerment. We consistently see a good turnout of a range of CFS stakeholders at these events, which serve as an excellent chance for members of the private sector to share directly about their work.
Every two years, the Private Sector Mechanism elects its focal point. Currently, this role is being filled by the International Agri-Food Network (IAFN). The next election is at the annual meeting on June 25 in Rome. Organisations that wish to be nominated to serve as focal point for the Private Sector Mechanism should submit their names by April 15, 2019.
Young people aged 10-24 comprise over 25 percent of the world’s population. Imagine the difference it would make if the potential of these 1.8 billion individuals were channeled to advance different causes. Imagine they were given the opportunity to work with and learn from adults with more experience and expertise, or with organizations with the necessary resources. It is important that these young people are mobilized and empowered to take action because 100 percent of our world’s future lies in their hands.