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30 November 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to crisis levels global food systems that already were failing to provide adequate sustenance to 800 million people.  Three billion people on the planet cannot at present afford a healthy diet, while deterioration of agrobiodiversity continues to threaten long-term food security.

At  the opening session of the South-South Cooperation Forum on Food Security and Agrobiodiversity,   held on 30 November 2020, we heard from a stellar cast of expert speakers.  Joyce Msuya, Deputy Executive Director, UNEP, in absentia, urged that we rebuild food systems that respect the environment and strengthen resilience from global shocks and climate change.  

Johan Swinnen, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute, shared new research into efforts to eliminate food insecurity. He called for a doubling of present Official Development Assistance from US$ 8 billion to US$26 billion to achieve the SDG Goal 2 to end hunger globally.

Day 2 of the Forum on 1 December 2020 will address Agrobiodiversity and Smallholder Resilience, exploring governance models that enable women and men to steward natural biodiversity while also promoting local food production systems and policy instruments that promote agrobiodiversity.

Please join the Forum on Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. (EAT/UCT+3), 1 December 2020, by registering at   Susan Gardner, Director, Ecosystems Division, will deliver opening remarks via video on biodiversity, gender equality and resilience to lead off the session.

You may also follow the South-South Cooperation Forum on Facebook live: