The complex challenge of hunger requires a unique collaboration between different sectors, experts, and communities.
I’ll soon be attending the Symposium on Agriculture and Food Security. It doesn’t happen often that world leaders, researchers and philanthropists have the chance to gather for two days to discuss the progress made in the past year – and the work that’s still ahead – in addressing food security challenges.
Raj Shah, Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, described the Obama administration’s—and more broadly, civil society’s—efforts to fight global hunger as an “all hands on deck effort.”
In 40 years, Brazil went from importing most of its staples – such as rice, beans and milk – to being a major exporter of food worldwide. How?
In order to address the complex challenge of global food security outlined at The Chicago Council Global Food Security Symposium today, we need the enthusiasm of the next generation most of all.
Floods, typhoons and droughts. Market fluctuations and inflation. Unhealthy government transitions and local political flare-ups. Disease-ridden crops and tainted water sources. All of these shocks can devastate any country, but for nations combatting poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition, disasters often precipitate acute food security outbreaks that result in suffering and loss of life.
Given the decade-long relationship I had with him in building the World Food Prize, I am sometimes asked about what the late Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Norman E. Borlaug might say about a particular topic.
“How many enemies can I make on this answer?” Dr. Shapiro boldly called for large agribusinesses like Monsanto, Syngenta, and DuPont to make all their information public and readily available. Dr. Shapiro criticized these companies for not being entirely honest about their goals and motivations.
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs will be hosting its fourth Annual Global Food Security Symposium tomorrow, starting at 830 am EDT. The event’s agenda can be found here.
Now, more than ever, solutions to serious issues facing the world—hunger, poverty and environmental degradation—must be sustainable.
As the expiration date of the Millennium Development Goals draws closer, our promise to eradicate extreme hunger and poverty remains largely unfulfilled.
In February of 2013, I visited the Philippines to conduct an in-depth look at how that nation’s government and civil society organizations are implementing new approaches to improve food and nutrition security.
By the year 2050, our planet will be home to another two billion people. How and where we will we feed everyone has become one of the most pressing conservation issues of the 21st century.
Last fall InterAction pledged that its member NGOs would spend more than $1 billion in private resources on food security, agriculture and nutrition work over the next three years.