SOFI: Transforming food systems Hand-in-Hand to deliver affordable healthy diets in Least developed Countries (LDCs)

13 July 2020. SOFI: Transforming food systems Hand-in-Hand to deliver affordable healthy diets in Least developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

This virtual webinar highlighted the food security and nutrition situation in LDCs, LLDCs and

SIDS, based on latest SOFI data and highlight FAO approach taken to support LDCs, LLDCs and
SIDS in transforming their food systems in a sustainable manner.

It identified key priorities, gaps and shortcomings to end hunger and all forms of malnutrition as a pathway to accelerate the implementation of the SDGs for Sustainable Development. the challenges.
Opening remarks
  • QU Dongyu, FAO Director-General
  • Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States
  • Leonardo Mizzi, Head of Unit at the European Commission, Directorate-General (DG) for International Cooperation and Development – Rural development, food security and nutrition
    See: intervention of Leonard Mizzi  @ 15:21 in the Webcast

Presentations

  • “2020 The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World: Challenges and opportunities for LDCs, LLDCs and SIDs” by Máximo Torero Cullen, FAO Chief Economist
  • “FAO’s Hand-in-Hand Initiative” by Angélica Jácome Daza, Director, Office for Small Island Developing States (SIDS), Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs), OSL
    Angelica announced the upcoming webinar: 21 July 2020. 4:00 PM CEST. Hand-in-Hand Geospatial Platform
Comments from key partners
  • Suzanne van Tilburg, Global Head, Corporate Relations, Rabobank
  • Alexandra Brand, Chief Sustainability Officer, Syngenta
  • David Crean, Vice President, Corporate and D, Mars Incorporated
  • Geeta Sethi, Advisor and Global Lead for Food Systems, World Bank
  • Tara Nathan, Executive Vice President Digital Solutions for Development, Mastercard
Interactive discussion: (i) What are the key priorities in addressing food insecurity in LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS ; (ii) What are the gaps – and what are the challenges to address them ; (iii) What are the key tools to address the challenges?
  • Chair of Group of Least Developed Countries (LDCs): H.E. Mr. Perks Master Ligoya, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Malawi to the United Nations
  • Chair of Group of Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs): H.E. Mr. Kairat Umarov, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the United Nations
  • Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS): H.E. Ms. Lois Michele Young, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Belize to the United Nations
  • Concluding remarks – QU Dongyu, FAO Director-General

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