In a world where enough food is produced to feed all the people on Earth, how can we make sure that providing food security for all becomes a reality and what challenges lie ahead?
As part of the World Food Day celebrations 2022, the Swedish Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Committee and the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry (KSLA) are hosting a webinar on the 28th of October. Covering the themes “food security in trying times” and “from challenges to opportunities – how to ensure no one is left behind”, the seminar aims to highlight the importance of multisector cooperation to achieve the SDG 2 of zero hunger.
The latest FAO issue on the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2022dismiss any lingering doubts that the world is facing enormous challenges in its efforts to end hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition. Although progress has been made, many people around the world are left behind. With less than a decade away from 2030, reaching many of the SDG 2 targets is growing more difficult. Feeding all the people on Earth is not only a supply issue. The issue also lies with access and availability to nutritious food. Multiple challenges halt the progress, including the Covid-19 pandemic, climate change, conflict, rising prices and inequality. 80 percent of the world’s poor Relying on agriculture and natural resources for sustenance. They are also the ones who are most effected by the challenges to food security. In the face of a more challenging and uncertain future, multisector cooperation will be necessary to reach the goal of leaving no one behind.
Programme for the event
Moderator: Katy Harris – Senior Policy Fellow, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
09.30 Welcome – Eva Petersson, Academy Secretary General and Managing Director, The Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry, KSLA
09.35 Introduction WFD movie FAO, run of show (moderator)
Session 1: Food security in trying times
09.40 Opening remarks
09.45 Challenges for food security in our times – Máximo Torero, Chief economist of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome
Conflicts impact on Food Security – Dr. Caroline Delgado, Senior Researcher and Programme Director at Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
Session 2: From challenges to opportunities – how to ensure no one is left behind
10.35 Why are people left behind and what is needed to include these groups in the food system transformation? – Ms Aditi Kapoor, Co-Founder & Trustee, Alternative Futures, Technical Advisor, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre
10.45 Sustainable Agriculture in Sri Lanka- resilient to external chocks – Ms. Rishanthy Renganathan, Programme Coordinator, We Effect Sri Lanka
10.55 What is the role private sector for making the food production more inclusive, leaving none behind? – Mr. Alarik Sandrup, Director public and regulatory affairs, Lantmännen
11.05 Sida’s approach to food security – Dr. Elisabeth Simelton, Senior Policy Specialist, Agriculture, Sida
11.15 Discussion Q&A
11.45 Concluding remarks – Panel of participants from the seminar
Register for the event HERE