A Conversation on 2012 Global Food Policy Developments and Outlook
Today’s global food system is vulnerable and inadequate; Global hunger and malnutrition persist at unacceptably high levels, with nearly 870 million persons undernourished and more than two billion suffering from micronutrient deficiencies. At the current trajectory, the world will not meet the 2015 Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of people who suffer from hunger. Although there have been significant discussions about food and nutrition security throughout the international community, these talks generally have not turned into concrete actions on the important fronts.
For this event, Dr. Shenggen Fan, Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute, will join the UNU Rector for a conversation focusing on the release of the 2012 global food policy report, entitled “Walk the Talk: Ending Hunger by 2025“. The conversation will highlight the major food policy developments of 2012, including changes in global agricultural productivity growth; developments in moving toward a green economy and sustainability; closing the gender gap in agriculture; the role of agriculture in improving employment opportunities, particularly for Africa’s youth; and the effect of developed-country farm policies on agriculture in developing countries.
Dr. Fan also will highlight the major regional food policy developments of the past year, provide future scenarios for global food security, draw attention to important food policy indicators for tracking change, and provide recommendations on some of the firm and concrete actions needed to actually begin to “walk the talk”.
Please note that this event will take place in English only; Japanese-language interpretation will not be provided. Refreshments will be served.
This event is free and open to the public, but advance registration (by 30 May) is required.
Reception Room (2nd floor)
United Nations University
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925