In my role as Director General of the International Agri-Food Network, I will participate on the interactive hearings at the UN in New York, together with representatives of non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations and other major groups. It was a thrill to be chosen from among 225 applicants. On behalf of the private sector, I will specifically participate in the roundtable discussion on “Follow up and Review,” to be held on Wednesday, 27 May 2015, from 3:00pm to 5:30 pm (EDT).
The full event will be translated live into the six official UN languages. It will be web cast live at http://webtv.un.org.
This event will provide an opportunity to exchange views and make proposals on the post-2015 development agenda at a critical stage of the intergovernmental negotiations. Visit www.farmingfirst.org to learn more about the challenges the world faces in 2030.
By 2030, absolute hunger levels are predicted to go down, both in real and percentage terms, but some groups, such as sub-Saharan Africans and rural women, will remain disproportionally behind. Global food demand is expected to rise by 35 per cent. The vast majority of additional food will need to come from increases in the yield achieved, or reductions in food waste if we are to reduce poverty and increase feeding.