Our population is projected to reach 9 billion by 2050.
This week, global leaders are gathered at the United Nations for the final week of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development to measure progress on the Sustainable Development Goals two years after they were adopted.
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Ahead of the forum, Devex hosted a Twitter chat with CropLife International to highlight SDG 2: The commitment to end hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
Experts in agriculture, innovation, climate change and more joined a one-hour online discussion on Twitter to share insights on the future of agriculture, and explore how stakeholders from the public and private sector can partner together to achieve zero hunger by 2030.
The expert panelists included:
• Marina Bortoletti, Associate Program Officer for Food Systems and Agriculture, United Nations Environment Programme
• Ruramiso Mashumba, Echoing Green Fellow 2017, Global Farmer Network
• Robert Opp, Director of Innovation and Change Management at the United Nations World Food Programme
• Will Surman, CropLife International
• Stephen Twomlow, Regional Climate and Environmental Specialist, International Fund for Agricultural Development
Read the Twitter chat highlights below:
• @UNEP Smallholder farmers are vulnerable to climate change & increasing demand for resource-intense food, such as meat.
• @StephenTmowlow It's time we recognized the global farming pop is aging- where is our next generation of farmers?
• @WFPUSA The number of hungry in the world could be reduced by 150 million if female farmers had the same access to resources as men.
• @RuramisoM ROI in agriculture is difficult to measure, but qualitative - healthier communities, decreased mortality.
• @FarmingFirst New mobile banking platforms helping meet the $200 billion deficit in smallholder financing
• @UNEP Large businesses can provide training to supply chain to help meet sustainability requirements improve profitability.
• @RobertOpp We cannot end hunger without private sector to drive change & innovation to help rebuild broken food systems
• @CropLifeCanada Industry-government cooperation will be key to modernizing regulatory system for plant biotech & enabling innovation
• @StephenTwomlow Access to affordable and appropriate rural finance helps rural household become both resilient and food secure
• @ChrisPawelski Contact your local Cooperative Extension & FSA office for info on various outreach services & programs available to you.
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