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In the news: International Agri-Food Network on FAO Director General website

January 29, 2015 – Hakan Bahceci, Chair of the International Agri Food Network, currently features on the website of FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva, amid his campaign to run for a second term in office. Hakan Bahceci has joined hundreds of global actors to call for the strengthening of partnerships in global agri-food discussions and commend the achievements of recent years, which have seen increased meaningful participation of businesses and an office for the Private Sector Mechanism at the FAO alongside other stakeholders.

In addition, FAO has released a video celebrating its partnerships with businesses, civil society and other external stakeholders. The video, which features Esin Mete, President of the International Fertilizer Industry Association, can be viewed here

Agri-business activities in 2015

The dates for the PSM and IAFN annual meetings in Rome have been fixed for 12 & 13 May and businesses from across the agri-food value chain are invited to register through our website.

In addition, the International Agri-Food Network has drafted its work plan for 2015, with specific focus on bringing insights and experience on the following issues at the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS):

  • 90 person delegation at the 42nd UN Committee on World Food Security, 12-17 October (register here)
  • Implementation process of the 2014 Principles on Responsible Agricultural Investment
  • 25 June High-Level Forum on Connecting Smallholders to Markets
  • Input from Rome into the Post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals
  • Round Table “A Plan of Action to Build Knowledge, Skills, and Talent Development to Further Food and Nutrition Security”
  • HLPE renewal, as well as its work on water and food security, and livestock
  • The next steps for the outcomes of the 2nd International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2)

Successful 2014 for the International Agri-Food Network

There was an enormous sense of increased momentum at the IAFN in 2014, making for a record-breaking year for the private sector at CFS. Reports from the PSM’s Side Events, High Level Dinner on Talent Development in Agriculture, ICN2 and more… can be found on our website under ‘CFS 2014 private sector engagement’.

2014 by the numbers:

  • 90 person delegation of business leaders from 42 countries gathered twice in Rome: CFS Plenary (October) & ICN2 (November)
  • More than 75 bilateral meetings were organised with FAO member countries and UN Agencies
  • 6 PSM work groups resourced
  • 5 UN documents negotiated
  • 47 global business leaders in attendance of meetings and negotiations on the Principles on Responsible Agricultural Investment – statement on the final Principles here
  • 2 meetings with the Director General of the FAO, José Graziano da Silva
  • 1 meeting with Assistant Director General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Oleg Chestnov
  • 1 office space given to the PSM at FAO Head Quarters
  • 1 annual meeting (May), in person, in Rome

Closing Session of ICN2

Nico van Belzen (l), Marie Konate (m), David Crean (r) address the closing session of ICN2

Nico van Belzen (l), Marie Konate (m), David Crean (r) address the closing session of ICN2

The private sector was pleased to have the opportunity to address the closing session of ICN2. At the first such conference in 22 years, the speakers conveyed the message that nutrition cannot wait another 22 years for new activity. Emphasizing the role of multi-stakeholder engagement in kickstarting new programs to address nutritional challenges, they spoke to the need to take specific actions to tackle challenges like food safety, nutritional education and targeted interventions to address stunting.

Speakers on behalf of the private sector:

  • Marie Konate, CEO, Protein Kissée Là, Cote d’Ivoire
  • David Crean, Vice President Corporate R&D, Mars, USA
  • Nico van Belzen, Director General, International Dairy Federation, Belgium

More than 90 businesses and private sector entities participating in Rome at ICN2. While the delegation represented a broad cross section interests, it was united in the belief that nutritional interventions must be prioritised, particularly geared to addressing the needs of women, children, and the most vulnerable. This requires progressive programming – geared to challenges like stunting – and a willingness to work together. Innovation, research, education and trade are essential to improving access to quality foods. All of which is underpinned by the essential role of agriculturalists to produce the food we eat.

On behalf of the private sector mechanism, Robynne Anderson, secretariat to the International AgriFood Network, thanked FAO, and WHO for the opportunity to have non-state actors participate, including civil society and private sector. “The Private Sector is pleased to have been part of this process, which will reinvigorate efforts to address nutrition,” noted Anderson. “Collaboration between government, the private sector and civil society is essential to affecting real and lasting change for hungry and malnourished people.”

The IAFN collaborated with the SUN Business Network and the international livestock sector for the event. A press release from the International Dairy Federation (IDF) can be read here (PDF 440KB).

International Conference on Nutrition 2

Multi-stakeholder approaches are widely recognised to be necessary to increase the scope of financial and human resources in order to tackle nutritional challenges. With this in mind, we are pleased to announce a diverse delegation of 90 private sector representatives will be in attendance at ICN2 in Rome next week. Our delegates will be coming from over 24 countries and all parts of the agri-food value chain, including many senior leaders of global organisations.

Highlights of the week’s activities include a pre-conference meeting on November 18th with the Director General of FAO, Dr. Jose Graziano da Silva and the Assistant Director General of WHO, Dr. Oleg Chestnov to discuss future plans with members of the private sector delegation. As ICN2, kicks off, there will be bilaterals with a broad array of countries and private sector speakers at a number of side events:

  • Nov. 19th at 13:00 – the Scaling Up Nutrition movement will be holding a side event on accountability for nutrition.
  • Nov. 19th at 13:00 – a side event on food safety includes a spokesperson from Mars addressing aflatoxins.
  • Nov. 20th at 13:00 – a side event on accelerating process to end malnutrition: action, results and accountability has a discussant from Elanco
  • Nov. 20th at 18:30 – a side event on addressing overweight and obesity will be addressed by a spokesperson from Friesland Campina

The private sector delegation is being co-organised by a steering committee of the Scaling Up Nutrition Business Network (SBN), the livestock sector lead by the International Dairy Federation, and the Private Sector Mechanism of the UN Committee on Food Security (PSM) co-ordinated by the International Agri-Food Network.

Key Meetings

Open Ended Working Group: Agenda for Action for Addressing Food Insecurity in Protracted Crises
January 30 2015 | Rome, Italy


Annual meetings: International Agri-Food Network (IAFN) & the Private Sector Mechanism (PSM)
May 12-13 2015 | Rome, Italy
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Open Ended Working Group: Agenda for Action for Addressing Food Insecurity in Protracted Crises
May 18-22 2015 | Rome, Italy
FAO Conference
June 6-12 2015 | Rome, Italy
CFS42: Plenary of the UN Committee on World Food Security
October 12-17 2015 | Rome, Italy
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