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Investing in Agriculture for a better Future

07/03/2013 - 14:00 - 16:00

FAO Event: Investing in Agriculture for a better Future

 (Based on FAO’s State of Food and Agriculture 2012)

 The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, together with partners and experts launched on 6 December the 17th edition of its flagship report, the State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA) 2012 on Investing in agriculture for a better future.Making more and better investments in agriculture is one of the most effective ways to reduce hunger and poverty while safeguarding the environment.

 On this occasion,the FAO Office in Geneva is honoured to invite you to attend a high level panel discussion on the SOFA’s themes and recommendations.

The debate will present the findings of the SOFA and further discuss the:

Statistics on a range of socioeconomic indicators;

Empirical estimates of the food security and development gains that could be achieved investing more and better in agriculture;

Good practices and lessons learnt;

Country experiences and evidence on policies and interventions;

Policy options and recommendations.


Key Note Speaker:Ms. Ann Tutwiler, Special Representative of FAO in Geneva

H. E. Ms. Elissa Golberg, Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations in Geneva

Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General, UNCTAD

Ms. Sandra Polaski, Deputy Director-General for Policy, ILO

Mr. Arne Cartridge, Special Advisor, Global Partnerships for Food Security (Grow Africa Initiative), World Economic Forum

Mr. Stephen Hale, Deputy and Advocacy Campaigns Director and Head of the Geneva office, Oxfam International


Ms. Gunilla von Hall, President of the United Nations Correspondent´s Association and Correspondent of the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet

Information on the session

14:10 Welcome/Introductory Remarks

14:20: Round Table: “Investing in Agriculture for a better future”

15:20: Questions & Answers

15:50: Concluding remarks

16:00: End

 Background information

Investing in agriculture is essential for reducing hunger and promoting sustainable agricultural production. Those parts of the world where agricultural capital per worker and public investments in agriculture have stagnated are the epicentres of poverty and hunger today. Demand growth over the coming decades will place increasing pressure on the natural resource base. Eradicating hunger sustainably will require a significant increase in agricultural investments, but also an improvement in their effectiveness. Farmers are the largest investors in developing country agriculture and must be central to any strategy for increasing investment in the sector, but if they are to invest more in agriculture they need a favourable climate for agricultural investment based on economic incentives and an enabling environment. Governments also have a special responsibility to help smallholders overcome the constraints they face in expanding their productive assets and to ensure that large-scale investments in agriculture are socially beneficial and environmentally sustainable.  Despite progress in the fight against hunger in recent decades, FAO estimates that approximately 870 million people around the world are still malnourished. At current rates, many countries, particularly in Africa will not achieve the first Millennium Development Goal of reducing by half the number of poor by 2015. Thus, it is essential to bring relief to those who suffer from hunger but also implement sustainable solutions to feed a world population expected to exceed nine billion people by 2050.

Read the executive summary of the SOFA:

Download the full publication:



Palais des Nations, Room VIII

Thursday 7 March 2013, 14:00 - 16:00

Coffee will be served from 13:30 to 14:00 outside of the room


For more Information and Registration              

Contact: Silvano Sofia,