European Development Days

Resilience-building for improved food security and nutrition: From policy engagement to sustained change

High-Level Panel European Development Days Tuesday 26 November 2013 14:00-15:30 Auditorium B, Tour & Taxis, Brussels

Resilience-building for improved food security and nutrition: From policy engagement to sustained change

As a follow-up to our Brussels Briefing on Agricultural resilience in the face of crisis and shocks held in March 2013 and the work on resilience in the context of Western Africa organized with the farmers organizations and the European Commission in Brussels and The Gambia, we are now organizing a high-level panel with IFPRI and the Panafrican Farmer's Organisation on "Resilience-building for improved food security and nutrition: From policy
engagement to sustained change".

Featured panelists are:

  • Joe Costello, Minister for Trade and Development, Ireland
  • Agnes Kalibata, Minister of Agriculture, Rwanda
  • Florence Chenoweth, Minister of Agriculture, Liberia
  • Shenggen Fan, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute
  • Michael Hailu, Director, CTA
  • Kalilou Sylla, Executive Secretary, ROPPA
  • Stephan Tanda, Managing Board Member, DSM

Moderated by - Zeinab Badawi, Journalist, BBC

Multi-faceted dimensions of food security, nutrition and resilience

Understanding the multi-faceted dimensions of food security, nutrition and resilience is crucial for combating hunger and poverty in the long term. Smallholders account for a large share of the worlds vulnerable and food-insecure populations. To reduce and manage risks, they need access to climate-smart agricultural technologies and practices, safety nets, educational opportunities, financial services and pro-poor policy environments.

Investments in disease-resistant crop varieties reduce vulnerability to crop losses and improve food and nutrition security. Programmes such as cash and in-kind transfers, work-for-food and nutrition education campaigns can also help raise household income and consumption of healthy foods. The impacts of price volatility can be mitigated by safety nets, information systems, index insurance and risk management instruments.

Building resilience implies anticipating the likelihood and location of shocks; promoting preventive measures; mitigating damage and encouraging recovery and restoration where damage is inevitable. The panelists, in this session will share lessons and successes from past experiences in building resilience and explore policy options for the future.

This High Level Panel is organized by ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), IFPRI and PAFO.

See more at: http://eudevdays.eu/topics/resilience-building-improved-food-security-nutrition

The event is webstreamed and you can follow it and many other panels live at: http://www.eudevdays.eu

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