Launch of the Zero Hunger Private Sector Pledge

21 September 2021. 4 PM CEST Launch of the Zero Hunger Private Sector Pledge

More private sector investment is needed, so we are looking to the private sector to do their part in contributing – and also inspiring other players to act. The ground-breaking Ceres2030 report – reinforced by the Program of Accompanying Research for Agricultural Innovation (PARI) and The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021 (SOFI) reports – emerged from the UN Food Systems Summit’s Coalition of Action for Zero Hunger and draws a 10-year roadmap to reverse the downward hunger spiral.

The Zero Hunger Private Sector Pledge Launch welcomed the first champions. We will hear how they are partnering with governments, donors, and global and local institutions to drive more effective private investments and how their pledges will contribute to national food systems pathways.

The pledge is being supported by a network of partners, including the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Grow Africa, Grow Asia, the World Benchmarking Alliance, the WFP, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), the FAO and Cornell University.

  • Agnes Kalibata, President, AGRA and UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to the 2021 Food Systems Summit
  • Valerie Guarnieri, Assistant Executive Director, WFP
  • Peter Bakker, President and CEO, WBCSD
  • Qu Dongyu, Director-General, FAO
  • Caroline Keelings, CEO, Keelings
  • Nnaemeka Ikegwounu, Cold hubs/The Smallholders Foundation
  • Dr Godfrey Bahiigwa, Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission
  • Thierry Nohasiarivelo, Coordinator, SBN Madagascar
  • HE Mr Désiré M’zinga Birihanze, Minister of Agriculture of DRC


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