Human development, agri-food systems priority areas at global conference in Vietnam

THE Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) is participating in the Fourth Global Conference of the One Planet Network’s Sustainable Food Systems Programme.
Until the end of the week, stakeholders from diverse regions will discuss how to tackle multiple crises facing humanity, by building sustainable, resilient, healthy and inclusive agri-food systems.

The meeting was jointly organised by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), in coordination with other governmental and civil society organisations, including the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Costa Rica.

It is taking place in Hanoi, from Monday, April 24 to Thursday, April 27. Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is hosting the meeting, which will also be attended by the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Rural Transformation, Industry and Labour of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Saboto Caesar.

The One Planet network is a global community of practitioners, public policymakers and experts, including representatives of government, business, civil society, academia and international organizations, which promotes sustainable production and consumption.

This is one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that the international community has established as part of the 2030 Agenda.

Discussions in the Hanoi forum will focus on the transformations needed to enable food systems to contribute to overcoming the overlapping and interrelated crises now facing humanity, due to climate change, loss of biodiversity, inflation, the energy situation, hunger, malnutrition and the war in Eastern Europe.

In collaboration with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), as well as Grow Asia and Food Action Alliance—the two multi-sectoral platforms promoted by the World Economic Forum (WEF) to strengthen food security—IICA will co-convene an Inter-regional Ministerial Roundtable on Digitalization and Investment for the Transformation of Food Systems on April 25.
Ministers from various countries will participate in the roundtable, sharing national and regional experiences in designing and implementing digital solutions, promoting collective action and fostering investments to transform food systems. In particular, participants will discuss South-South cooperation models and best practices in the Americas, Asia and Africa, in addition to opportunities for reciprocal cooperation that will facilitate accelerated action.

Representing IICA at the meeting will be Director General Manuel Otero, who will deliver a message, and Special Adviser to the Director General, Jorge Werthein.

As an organization based in the Americas, but with a global outlook, and as an entity that is advocating for greater South-South cooperation, IICA has been pursuing relevant actions to promote closer engagement among the Americas, Africa and Asia, something that is fundamental to ensuring global food security.

Last year IICA convened the first Africa-Americas Ministerial Summit on Agri-food Systems at its headquarters in San Jose, Costa Rica, in collaboration with AGRA and the African Union Development Agency–New Partnership for Africa’s Development (AUDA-NEPAD).

On that occasion, the most senior authorities in agriculture from 40 countries took steps to create concrete mechanisms to foster mutual learning and joint action by both regions, based on science, technology and innovation. (IICA)


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