The Zero Hunger Race – one, two, three, GO!

Transforming rural, agricultural and food systems The race to feed the world’s population has started, Preeti Ahuja, Sector Manager for the World Bank, told those gathered at a Side Event of the 43rd session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS). The topic of the event, “Policies for Effective Rural Transformation, Agricultural and Food … More The Zero Hunger Race – one, two, three, GO!

Two bees, or not two bees; that is the question

…And it’s a matter of perspective. “If no one is to be left behind, all relevant actors are to be heard,” José Graziano da Silva, Director General of theFood and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UNFAO), told those at the opening of the 43rd Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS43). It … More Two bees, or not two bees; that is the question

Livestock counts

This week marked a milestone for the Committee on World Food Security (CFS).  For the first time since its reform, it recognised the role of livestock in addressing malnutrition, sustainable agriculture and climate change. Two years ago CFS asked the High Level Panel of Experts to prepare a report on sustainable agricultural development for food … More Livestock counts

Ranging “from too little to too much”: Malnutrition is complex

Leaving the opening plenary session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) which took place in Rome today, one of the aspects discussed there stuck with me like a gum on the sole of my shoe: the complexity of malnutrition. Because, while there are more than 800 million hungry people around the world (one … More Ranging “from too little to too much”: Malnutrition is complex

Forward to the past

Developing and agreeing on policies for food security is just the beginning.  During this first day of the Committee on World Food Security, numerous members of the plenary addressed the following question: “what is the next step?” Scientists around the world are developing innovative and modern techniques to improve crop yields, their nutrition content and … More Forward to the past

Trust, togetherness and tea: Adding value back into collaboration

“Collaboration” is a pretty simple concept, isn’t it? We all know what being “inclusive” means. Or do we? Words get tossed around and jargon changes over time, but we would all agree that we come together as development practitioners because we want to reach a goal for the common good. Our ultimate goal is to … More Trust, togetherness and tea: Adding value back into collaboration

Time for a holistic approach to rural poverty

Can we be more innovative in how we approach rural transformation? That was the key question in my mind after attending a Side Event on the topic, part of the United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS) held in Rome this week. The event, “Policies for Effective Rural Transformation, Agricultural and Food System Transition” … More Time for a holistic approach to rural poverty