Morgane has been working in international development and communications in relation to the agrifood sector for the past 15 years. She has worked for international organizations, NGOs, and the private sector. She has been a spokesperson for specific industries as well as business groups in international policy processes. For two years, she was the private sector representative at the UN Committee on World Food Security where she helped found the Private Sector Mechanism. She was also vice-chair of the Food and Agriculture Committee of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the OECD. Morgane is passionate about building engagement with diverse stakeholders and representing civil society in United Nations processes and agencies. She has a strong background in corporate and digital communications. Prior to joining Emerging Ag, Morgane was Director of Communications at the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA). During her time at IFA, she co-chaired the Farming First coalition. She also worked for the World Bank and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). She has conducted fieldwork in Latin America and Africa. A French national, Morgane is fluent in French, English, Portuguese and Spanish. She holds a Master of Science in Development Studies from the London School of Economics, an MBA from the Sorbonne Graduate Business School, a BA in History from the Sorbonne University and a BA in Chinese from the International Institute of Oriental Languages.

IFPRI DG, Shenggen Fan, named Champion of Sustainable Development Goal 12.3

It is with great pleasure to see the Director General of IFPRI, Shenggen Fan, named a Champion of Sustainable Development Goal 12.3. Shenggen was my boss when I worked at IFPRI. He is such an inspiration for his passion to change policies in order to increase food security and see agriculture, food and nutrition issues in their broader macro-economic context. I am proud to consider Shenggen a mentor in my career and am delighted to still be able to partner with IFPRI and the other CGIAR centers in my new projects.  The CGIAR system is vital to achieve the SDGs.

The Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 strives to halve per capital food waste and reduce food losses by 2030. To date, nearly one third of all food is lost or wasted globally. Not only does this cost $940 billion per year, but food loss and waste accounts for about 8 percent of our annual global greenhouse gas emissions.

Champions 12.3 is a new effort, inspired by Tristram Stuart (FeedBack), led by the World Resources Institute and the Government of the Netherlands, to inspire ambition and mobilize action to reduce food loss and waste globally.  Shenggen Fan joins a group of 30 Champions announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

The Champions—who include CEOs of major companies, government ministers, and executives from research, farmer, civil society, and other organizations—will mobilize action by leading by example; communicating the importance of this goal; showcasing successful strategies; and advocating for more innovation, greater investment, better information, and increased capacity to reduce food loss and waste.

Scaling Up Sustainability Collaboration

This September, world leaders committed to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) in an effort to make the necessary changes to achieve a more sustainable future. More than ever, collaboration between the public and private sectors is needed to meet these important goals. As such, organizations must increase their efforts for sustainability and find innovative ways to collaborate both with other private organizations and with the public sector.

The report Scaling Up Sustainability Collaboration: Contributions of Business Associations and Sector Initiatives to Sustainable Development, was published both by the UN Global Compact and the International Chamber of Commerce, and it outlines various industry associations and how they are aiding member organizations to integrate sustainability into their business practices. Through collaboration, new and remarkable networks have been created that provide industry specific expertise for those involved in the network. This method of information sharing has led to the development of industry standards and fostered new relationships. Below are examples of important contributions made through the IAFN/PSM.

Global Salmon Initiative (PSM Member) Page 73.

With the global demand for protein is expected to increase 70% by 2050, salmon is going to play an important role in meeting this drastic increase in demand. In 2013, the Global Salmon Initiative (GSI) was launched in an effort to put aside competition and reach the common goal for a more sustainable industry. The mission of the GSI members is to make significant progress towards providing a highly sustainable source of healthy protein to feed a growing population, while minimizing the environmental footprint, and increasing positive social contribution. The GSI has three key principles: (1) sustainability, (2) transparency and (3) cooperation. The GSI is comprised of 17 salmon farming companies that account for about 70% of the global industry and member companies operate globally.

The GSI focuses on improving the industry’s reputation by ensuring greater industry transparency across all members and all regions. GSI is currently establishing a series of sustainability indicators that will support global industry reporting. Next, the group plans to launch an online reporting platform in 2015 which openly shows the environmental and social performance of all the GSI members

International Agri-Food Network (IAFN) Page 75

In 1996, the International Agri-Food Network (IAFN) was created as an informal coalition of international trade associations involved in the agri-food sector at the global level. Thousands of IAFN members are international companies and hundreds of national associations. Those national associations in turn represent tens of thousands of small and medium-sized enterprises, thousands of cooperatives and millions of farmers. The associations encompassing the network have members in 135 of the 193 countries in the United Nations. The main goal of the IAFN is to define and deliver the private sector’s commitment to addressing global poverty and food security. The network facilitates connections and coordination among member organizations and engages international organizations in the agri-food chain at a global level.

The IAFN focuses on playing the role of a negotiator between companies and associations and UN bodies to find ways to operationalize resolution documents. The IAFN does a number of activities that IAFN members are involved in to promote sustainable development.

International Fertilizer Industry Association (IAFN Member) Page 77.

The International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) has 560 members. These members are involved throughout the fertilizer value chain. Over half of IFA’s members are based in emerging and developing economies. It is IFA’s vision that fertilizers will play a critical role in achieving global food security and sustainable development. They plan on achieving this through the efficient production, distribution and use of these plant nutrients.

These three organizations above illustrate the extensive efforts that are being made towards the SDGs. There needs to be an amalgamation of our traditional thought patterns with new and innovative philosophies if we want to achieve the 2030 SDGs. For more information on any of the projects or organizations listed above click here.

Feeding Africa Conference Adopts Plan for Agricultural Transformation

The adoption of an action plan and wide-ranging partnerships to transform African agriculture into viable agri-business were the main outcomes of the three-day high-level conference on Africa's agricultural transformation, which ended in Dakar, Senegal, on Friday. The Finance and Agriculture and Central Bank Governors who attended the conference has decided to scale up nutrition programs across Africa to end malnutrition and hunger.

The program will involve establishing a strategic partnership with President Obama’s Feed the Future Initiative, Grow Africa of the World Economic Forum, the Big Win Philanthropy, the FAO, Scaling Up Nutrition, the World Food Program, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition, as well as the private sector at large, to deploy innovative approaches to addressing malnutrition. Other action plans aim to significantly increase commercial financing to the agriculture sector by establishing an African Agricultural Risk Sharing Facility.

To learn more about the action plan, follow this link.

Women’s Empowerment: Solutions at the Nexus of Agriculture, Nutrition, and Enterprise



The Private Sector Mechanism (PSM) of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) organized a roundtable discussion and high-level luncheon on women’s empowerment on Friday, October 9, 2015.  Entitled “Solutions at the nexus of agriculture, nutrition, and enterprise,” the event took place at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in Rome, Italy, just before the annual meeting of the CFS.

A broad cross section of stakeholders from governments – including 14 Ambassadors to the Rome-Based Agencies, international organizations, academia, foundations, NGOs and delegates from the Private Sector Mechanism – addressed the barriers to women’s productive participation in food supply chains and entrepreneurship. The event focused on three key areas related to women’s empowerment in the food supply chain.

  • Women’s access to productive resources (finance, tools, technology, land)

  • Women’s contributions to health and nutrition and the impact on families and communities

  • The role of women in fostering food security


 

For more information on the event, visit the International Agri-food Network website.

My Favorite Pulse Dish: Saucisse de morteau aux lentilles vertes du Puy (Pork sausage with green lentils)

My grandmother and my mother have in their traditional recipes the « Saucisse de morteau aux lentilles vertes du Puy », a pork sausage with green lentils. It’s a classic French recipe from the center of the country, Auvergne and Jura, and probably the most famous pulse dish in France. It uses two very typical ingredients: the Morteau sausage and the Puy green lentils.

The saucisse de Morteau, also known as the Belle de Morteau, is a traditional smoked sausage from the Morteau region of France, in Franche-Comté. It is smoked in traditional pyramidal chimneys, called tuyés. It is a very strongly flavoured and very dense uncooked sausage. It is produced at an altitude greater than 600 metres. The city of Morteau is at the centre of this artisanal industry.

Le Puy green lentil is a lentil cultivated from the Lens esculenta puyensis variety. The term Le Puy green lentil is protected throughout the European Union according to its Protected Designation of Origin and in France as an AOC. In the European Union, the term may only be used to designate lentils that come from the region of Le Puy (most notably in the commune of Le Puy-en-Velay) in France. These lentils are claimed to have gastronomic qualities.

The combination of these two strong flavors makes for a tasty and salty meals that adults and children love. This recipe reminds me of my childhood and is an all time favorite for my kids today too.

This is the classic French recipe in French:

Ingrédients (pour 4 à 5 personnes):

  • 500 g de lentilles vertes du Puy

  • 1 oignon

  • 1 carotte

  • 2 saucisses de Morteau

  • épices

  • huile d’olive

  • bouquet garni


Préparation:

Coupez l’oignon et faites-le blondir dans de l’huile d’olive. Ajoutez la carotte coupée en petits bouts et faites-les revenir 1 ou 2 minutes. Ajoutez au moins 1 litre d’eau et les lentilles. Laissez cuire à feu doux. Ajoutez du gros sel, du poivre, des baies rouges, un peu de noix de muscade, du thym et du laurier (1 feuille). Faites cuire les saucisses dans les lentilles (et non à part) sans les piquer pendant 1/2 h environ. Enlevez-les une fois leur cuisson terminée et laissez cuire les lentilles seules. En fin de cuisson, remettez les saucisses dans les lentilles pour les réchauffer et ajoutez une cuillère de moutarde.

Le truc du chef:

S’il vous en reste après un repas, vous pourrez transformer ces lentilles en soupe de lentilles (meilleure avec des lentilles déjà précuites).

Here is the English version, with added bacon:

  • Bacon is optional: 2 oz. smoked bacon, thinly sliced crosswise

  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped

  • 1 small carrot, finely chopped

  • 1 rib celery, finely chopped

  • 4 sprigs flat-leaf parsley

  • 4 sprigs thyme

  • 2 fresh bay leaves

  • 12 oz. green Puy lentils, rinsed and drained

  • 2 tsp. dijon mustard

  • 1 tsp. red wine vinegar

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • 8 fresh pork sausages, such as sweet Italian sausages

  • 1 cup white wine

  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil


Instructions:

Cook bacon in a 2-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat, until its fat has rendered, about 6 minutes. Add butter, onions, carrots, and celery; cook until soft, about 15 minutes. Tie parsley, thyme, and bay leaves together with kitchen twine; add to pan. Stir in lentils and 5 1⁄2 cups water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until lentils are tender, about 1 hour and 10 minutes. Discard herbs. Stir in mustard and vinegar; season with salt and pepper. Cover and set aside.

Meanwhile, bring sausages, wine, and 1 cup water to a boil in a 12" skillet over high heat. Cook, turning sausages occasionally, until liquid has evaporated, 12–15 minutes. Reduce heat to medium; add oil. Cook sausages until browned, 6–7 minutes. Serve the sausages over the lentils.

 

CFS High-Level Forum on Connecting Smallholders to Markets: August 2015

The UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) hosted on June 25 a High-Level Forum on Connecting Smallholders to Markets, moderated by the international broadcaster, Zeinab Badawi. The purpose of the meeting was to bring together a wide range of stakeholders to discuss policy implications, challenges, and lessons learned from concrete examples of how smallholders have been able participate in markets in a more beneficial and sustainable manner. The discussion allowed the identification of broad recommendations on priority areas for action to strengthen smallholder access to markets. The keynote speaker was Pierre-Marie Bosc, Agro-Economist at the Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD) in France. Dr Bosc’s presentation focused on “Smallholders, Markets and Food Security: Towards a New Deal”. He noted that 85% of farms around the world represent less than 2 hectares and recommended to investing in smallholders as the most effective strategy to improve food security. Shi Yan, Vice-President of Urgenci and President of Chinese network of over 500 community supported agriculture organizations was the keynote’s discussant. Ms Shi noted that smallholders face the challenges of rural to urban migration and changing consumption patterns. She recommended to engage youth in farming and pointed that current large-scale agriculture is unsustainable.

The first panel then focused on the presentation of five case-studies. Mamadou Goita, farmer from Mali and representative of the West African Peasants and Farmers Network (ROPPA), presented a successful government-led system in Mali, in which public money was allocated to buy products to ensure that smallholder farmers would be able to sell their produce for a viable price. Andrea Polo Galante from the Nutrition Education and Consumer Awareness Group at the FAO, presented a public school feeding program in Brazil in which 30% of products must be sourced locally. Prince Camara, Director of Smallholder Commercialization Programme at the Ministry of Agriculture of Sierra Leone, presented a project establishing agricultural business centers that provide training and post-harvest technical support. It highlighted the fact that poor infrastructure is often a major barrier preventing smallholders from accessing markets. Ester Olivas Cacere, Geographic Indication Senior Legal Specialist at Strengthening Smallholders’ Access to Markets for Certified Sustainable Products project in Sao Tome and Principe (SAMCERT), presented a project to secure a geographical indication for cocoa from Sao Tome and Principe. It demonstrated the importance of smallholder organizations and of multi-stakeholder approaches. Finally, Penny Studholme, Vice-President of Corporate Affairs at Cargill, presented a rural development program launched in collaboration with CARE. It demonstrated that public-private partnerships are successful when they play to the strengths of each organization.

The second part of the day was a high-level panel that was initiated by Shenggen Fan, Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). Dr Fan insisted that smallholders must be moved out of agriculture or their situation must be improved. They must organize, and should be compensated for social and environmental objectives, such as environmental services and mitigating climate change. He also emphasized the importance of social protection and access to global markets. Chukki Nanjundaswamy, representative of La Via Campesina in India, responded that moving smallholders off the farm would not be a solution. She pointed that neoliberal reforms have made agriculture unviable and that cities do not provide smallholders with options to live in dignity or have an identity. Cesarie Kantarama, Regional Vice-President of the Eastern Africa Farmers Federation (EAFF) noted that smallholders need access to better infrastructure and that current policies favour large producers over smallholders. She insisted on the need to transfer skills, knowledge and technology. Ms Kantarama emphasized that farmers are private sector actors, whose final aim is to sell products. Dessislava Dimitrova, President of the Association of Slow Food in Bulgaria, pointed that smallholders are our link to nature, and are important for preserving the character of rural areas. Christian Adams, Chairperson at Coastal Links South Africa, representing fishermen, added that greater efforts need to be directed towards policy implementation, rather than policy development. He also shared that a coordinated approach is needed, since many of the challenges facing smallholders are interconnected.

A series of interventions were made from the floor noting the often missing political will to fully address smallholders’ needs and future capacity to connect with global markets, in particular the decisive need for adapted infrastructure to facilitate market access.

The High-Level Forum represented an opportunity to discuss policy implications based on the realities faced by smallholders as market actors in a globalized food system as well as lessons from concrete examples of how farmers and farm groups have found opportunities to link to markets. A set of policy recommendations and practices will be developed with an Open-Ended Working Group on Smallholders and will be presented for endorsement at CFS 43 in October 2006. These will aim at being broadly disseminated with a view to informing future policy and be the basis for future stocktaking and sharing of lessons.

Fixing our Food: the Debate on Farming, Our Planet and Sustainable Agriculture

I came across this great article by Tamar Haspel in the Washington Post who depicts beautifully the dogmatic debate on food and agriculture and why it’s necessary to move away from it. Haspel analyzes the effects of modern conventional agriculture, locally grown food and anti-GMO, or organic farming. Farming and the world's agricultural landscape is not a black and white topic. There are many factors which lead in to safe and sustainable farming.

Haspel discusses our current options, and how feeding people and protecting the planet is a topic that is “irredeemably gray”. With such balance and so eloquently presented, one must read this article and wonder – is there a single way to solve our sustainable agricultural problems?

 

UN Committee on World Food Security: Highlights for Business & Farmers to Register

The UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) will be holding its 42nd Annual Session October 12 to 16 at the FAO in Rome. The International Agri-Food Network is the Secretariat of the Private Sector Mechanism (PSM). It will be coordination a delegation of a hundred business and farmer representatives. Make sure you register!

The plenary program will include:

  • CFS and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

  • State of Food Insecurity in the world 2015

  • Food Security and Nutrition in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

  • Water for Food Security and Nutrition

  • Connecting Smallholders to Markets

  • National and Regional Multistakeholder Approaches to Improve Nutrition


There will be two special events:

  • Resilience Building for Sustainable Food Security and Nutrition

  • Building Knowledge, Skills and Talent Development of Youth


World Food Day celebrations will take place on October 16 at ExpoMilan and will focus on the theme of Social Protection and Agriculture: Breaking the Cycle of Rural Poverty.

In addition, the Private Sector Mechanism (PSM) will host:

  • Side-Events

  • Bilateral meetings with Member States and staff from the UN Rome-Based Agencies (FAO, IFAD, WFP)

  • High-Level Dinner for CEOs and Ambassadors (by invitation only)

  • Private Sector Partnership Dialogue with FAO's Director General on Inclusive Finance and Business Models in Agriculture

  • Live tweeting @AgriFoodNet Online discussions on our LinkedIn Discussion Group


The Private Sector Mechanism (PSM)

The Private Sector Mechanism is an open platform providing a permanent seat for private enterprises right across the agri-food value chain, from farmers, to input providers, to cooperatives, processors, SMEs and food companies. The private sector and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, along with civil society and the research community, have permanent seats on the CFS Advisory Group alongside member countries of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations. Read more about the creation of the CFS Advisory Group.

IAFN is the co-ordinator for the Private Sector Mechanism of the UN Committee on Food Security.

Emerging Ag is the secretariat for the International Agri-Food Network (IAFN).

Talent Development in Agriculture – Growing Ambitions for Food

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The third International Conference on Financing for Development recently concluded in Addis Ababa with significant outcomes and much media exposure. The Addis Accord is supposed to be a stepping stone for a new global action agenda for financing sustainable development and a major contribution to the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals in September in New York.

One of our clients, the International Agri-Food Network (IAFN), was hosting with five partners a side-event on Talent Development in Agriculture. It was fascinating to see how central agriculture was during the entire conference in the Ethiopian capital. No less than 17 side-events focused on agriculture, food security, and nutrition took place over the course of the 4 days. For a detailed review of the Accord and the role of agriculture, please see my colleague Isabelle Coche’s blog post.

The side-event was moderated by Robson Mutandi, Country Programme Director, Angola & Mozambique at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). In his opening remarks Mr Mutandi pointed at the role of agriculture as a force of economic growth representing close to 40% of the global workforce and as the world’s largest provider of jobs. Agriculture employs over 1.3 billion people. “To transform agriculture into a more productive, sustainable, competitive, and efficient sector, demands modern knowledge and skill transfer to develop talent in agriculture”, he noted.

The International Agri-Food Network shared its recently launched Call to Action on Talent Development. Given the critical need to attract and train a new generation of farmers, farm leaders, agribusiness workers and managers, a coalition of interested partners have brought in front of the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) a call to action “Growing Ambitions for Agricultural Professionals” to define strategies for improving talent development systems in agriculture. The CFS will be holding a special event on October 15th in Rome on “Developing the knowledge, skills and talent of youth to further food security and nutrition”. This interactive discussion will bring lessons learned and potential policy implications in how to develop the knowledge, skills and talent of youth. CFS is also encouraging youth to pitch their ideas for making agriculture more attractive to young talent through a new initiative, the CFS 42 Youth for Food Security and Nutrition (Y4FSN) Idea Incubator.

Ahead of these events, the coalition developed its call to action and focused on 5 key areas that have been identified to work on progressive goals and innovative partnerships. The side-event’s five speakers shared important messages related to the call to action, such as:

  • Up-skilling and re-tooling of the current agricultural workforce.

  • Retaining people with skills.

  • Attracting new personnel and expanding the range of career opportunities available in the agriculture-food-nutrition-environment nexus.

  • Creating incentives and campaigns that encourage young people to see agriculture as a one of the best options for a career choice.


Daniel Gad is the CEO of Omega Farms in Ethiopia, Member of World Farmers Organisation (WFO) and spoke on “Agropreneurs: Youthful Future in Africa”.

Lawrence Ndambuki Muli is Programmes and Policy Advisor at the African Observatory for Policy Practice and Youth Studies and spoke on “Consolidating Finance for Africa's Youth in Agro-Value Chains”

Divine Ntiokam is Global Youth Digital Advocate for Post-2015 Development Agenda and Founder, Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN) and spoke on “Mobilizing Finance for Mainstreaming Women and Youth in Climate-Smart Agriculture”

Shaan Mavani is Team Leader, Analytics Team at the Agricultural Transformation Agency (ATA), Government of Ethiopia and spoke on “ATA’s Analytics Team: Young Graduates Providing Analytical Support to the Agri-Food Sector”

Tip O’Neill is CEO of International Raw Materials (IRM) and member of the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) and spoke on “The role of Business in Promoting Talent Development in Agriculture, Experiences from IRM”

Organising Partners:

  • Young Professionals in Agricultural Research and Development (YPARD)

  • International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD);

  • African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS)

  • Global Forum for Agricultural Research Services (GFRAS)

  • Tropical Agriculture Platform

  • International Agri Food Network (IAFN)


 

Commercial Agriculture and Forestry Could have a Net Positive Impact on Biodiversity

The importance of biodiversity has been reaffirmed in the current Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda. To “Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss” is one of the 17 goals that the member state representatives to the United Nations have agreed.



According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature( IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, agriculture impacts 8,482 threatened species globally, while forestry impacts 7,953 threatened species, compared to the infrastructure and extractive sectors, which impact up to 4,688 and 1,692 threatened species respectively.





While agriculture is a major driver of biodiversity loss it could also significantly contribute to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. This is what the new IUCN report No Net Loss and Net Positive Impact: Approaches for Biodiversity affirms. The report finds that under certain conditions, companies could have a greater impact in reducing biodiversity loss than in other sectors. Applying No Net Loss (NNL) and Net Positive Impact (NPI) approaches to agriculture and forestry landscapes are two of the solutions that IUCN proposes in the report.



The document is an outcome of a working group convened by IUCN’s Global Business and Biodiversity Programme in 2013 that brought together experts on this issue from both the business and conservation communities.



This is an important finding that could inform the new process at the UN Committee on World Food Security on Forestry. The CFS has commissioned its High-Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) to prepare a report on Sustainable forestry for food security and nutrition to feed into the debate at its 44th session in 2017. Emerging ag serves as the Secretariat of the Private Sector Mechanism to the CFS. We are running a working group on forestry. If you are interested in joining this schedule of work with colleagues from the forestry sector, don’t hesitate to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Read the full report here (PDF).