The Global Forum for Food and Agriculture took place in Berlin from January 16 - 18. This is an international conference that focuses on agri-food policy issues with this years theme being "Food for All! Trade for Secure, Diverse and Sustainable Nutrition." There was approximately 2000 international visitors from a variety of sectors including politics, industry, science and civil society.
Secretary General Antonio Guterres announced last month that Agnes Kalibata of Rwanda will be the Special Envoy for the 2021 Food Systems Summit. In this role Ms. Kalibata will be providing leadership and strategic direction as well as act as the liaison between the United Nations system and key partners for the Summit. You can read the full press release here.
This blog is based on closing remarks at the UN Committee on Food Security (CFS) side event “Partnering for Change: Multistakeholder Partnerships and CFS” organised by the Private Sector Mechanism, in Rome 17 October 2019.
Written by Herman Brouwer
Every year we hear more exiting examples of partnerships. The trend is that multistakeholder partnerships (MSPs) for the SDGs are still on the rise, in particular amongst private sector players. This is a welcome development. Ten years ago there still was a lot of skepticism about MSPs. At Wageningen University and Research we saw some interesting successes, but it took much convincing and selling to get people on board. Today MSPs are almost mainstream – that is progress.
The Glencore Agriculture Sustainability Report 2018 has now been published. This is Glencore Agriculture’s first independent sustainability report to be made publicly available. The report details their sustainability approach and strategy and gives highlights of their activities in Health, Safety, Environment and Community throughout 2018.
To view the report please visit: https://files.glencoreagriculture.com.au/sustainability_Report_2018/
CFS46 took place at FAO Headquarters in Rome from October 14-18, and the Private Sector Mechanism had its largest delegation to date, with 211 business leaders, including over 30 youth and representatives of youth organizations, registered from 45 countries.
The Private Sector Mechanism was fortunate to have a meeting with the new FAO Director General Qu Dongyu during the 46th United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS).
Rick White, CEO of the Canadian Canola Growers Association and Chair of the International Agrifood Network, shares remarks following the meeting with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO).
The IFAD-financed Value Chain Development Program (VCDP) and its partnership with Olam in Nigeria has been selected as one of five finalists for a global partnership award sponsored by Concordia, the U.S. Department of State, and the University of Virginia. 32,000 smallholder farmers have doubled their rice sales thanks to the VCDP partnership in Nigeria.
Registration for CFS46 is now open. Members of the private sector are encouraged to register themselves via this link: https://bit.ly/327VFjF
Rome, 26 June 2019: Rick White, CEO of the Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA), has been elected Chair of the International Agri-Food Network (IAFN). The IAFN works on a wide variety of issues relating to agriculture, food, and nutrition, and serves as the focal point for the Private Sector Mechanism (PSM) of the United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS). White will lead the IAFN for the next two years in bringing together 18 international agriculture, farmer, and food associations that represent over 10,000 businesses worldwide in 135 countries.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative, and the European Commission are pleased to launch a call for experts for the establishment of a Working Group to develop a global and regional assessment of the state of knowledge on soil biodiversity.