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Review of SDGs implementation: SDG 2

This session will bring together a diverse group of experts and stakeholders in an interactive dialogue on progress in ensuring food security, improving nutrition, and promoting food systems and agricultural practices that are sustainable, resilient and inclusive. Linking sustainable agriculture to poverty eradication and gender equality—including equal access to land and water, markets, technology and social protection—is crucial to enhancing the livelihoods smallholder farmers, and to restoring, safeguarding, developing and promoting sustainable use of biodiversity and natural resources. The scale and complexity of the food security crises caused by conflict and natural disasters have increased dramatically in recent years and represent a significant threat to sustainable development. The discussion is expected to assess progress, identify challenges at the national and international levels, and produce integrated policy solutions.

Proposed Guiding Questions

  • How can the humanitarian system improve its response to the current crisis of conflict-induced famines?
  • What institutional mechanisms or arrangements that combine ministries, programmes, sectors, or stakeholders to integrate SDG 2 with other SDGs appear to be most promising?
  • At the country level, what policies and practices addressing SDG 2 along with other SDGs have proven to be the most successful?

Presiding Officer:

  • H.E. Mr. Frederick Musiiwa Makamure Shava, President of Economic and Social Council

Moderator:

  • Ms. Gerda Verburg, Coordinator, Scaling-Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement

Statistical Snapshot

Panellists:

  • Ms. Esther Penunia, Secretary General, Asian Farmers’ Association
  • Ms. Elizabeth Mpofu, General Coordinator, La Via Campesina, Zimbabwe

Lead discussants:

  • Ms. Meena Bilgi, WOCAN (Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resources Management), Core Associate
  • Dr. Eugenio Diaz-Bonilla, Head of IFPRI’s Latin American and Caribbean Program
  • Mr. Patrick Caron, Chair of the High Level Panel of Experts of the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS)

Interactive discussion

Biographies
Dr. Eugenio Diaz-Bonilla
Head of IFPRI’s Latin American and Caribbean Program
Dr. Eugenio Diaz-Bonilla

Head of IFPRI’s Latin American and Caribbean Program

Dr. Eugenio Diaz-Bonilla joined IFPRI as a visiting Senior Research Fellow in 2012. He received a PhD. in Economics from Johns Hopkins University, as well as an M.A. in Economics and an M.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Diaz-Bonilla has more than 30 years of professional experience working on development and poverty issues, including grass-roots work, academic activities, consulting work, and positions of institutional leadership in international organizations and governments. He has resided and worked for extended periods in different countries of Latin America and the Caribbean and has acted as consultant and staff member with several international organizations: United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Inter- American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA), Organization of American States (OAS), and World Bank. He has extensive experience as advisor and consultant to governments in different developing countries on macroeconomic and trade policies, poverty alleviation, and food security programs and extensive involvement in project preparation, financing, and implementation in developing countries, mainly on agricultural and rural development operations. He has led diplomatic and negotiating activities as a senior diplomat for Argentina, focusing on agricultural trade issues in bilateral, regional, and multilateral negotiations. Dr. Diaz- Bonilla served as a member of the Board of Executive Directors of the IADB for almost nine years, as well as occupying leadership positions as Chairman and Vice Chairman of several Board Committees responsible for the governance of the Bank.

Mr. Patrick Caron
Chair of the High Level Panel of Experts of the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS)
Mr. Patrick Caron

Chair of the High Level Panel of Experts of the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS)

Patrick CARON holds doctorate in veterinary sciences and PhD in development geography. His works relate to the role of territories in rural change and to the multi-functionality of agriculture and landscapes. He joined CIRAD, a French public tropical agricultural research institute in 1988 and has been General Director for research and strategy from 2010 to 2016. He has been involved in many international research and expertise initiatives. He was appointed as the Chair of the High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in November 2015.

Ms. Elizabeth Mpofu
General Coordinator, La Via Campesina, Zimbabwe
Ms. Elizabeth Mpofu

General Coordinator, La Via Campesina, Zimbabwe

Elizabeth Mpofu is an organic farmer and activist who works tirelessly for the betterment of smallholder farmers. She is the current General Coordinator of La Via Campesina, the international peasant movement comprising some 164 local and national organizations in 73 countries in the defense of small-scale sustainable agriculture as a way to promote social justice and dignity. She is also a Board member of the Alliance of the Food Sovereignty In Africa, representing La Via Campesina in Africa. Elizabeth is a founding member and Chairperson of Zimbabwe Smallholder Organic Farmers Forum (ZIMSOFF) and Board member of Eastern & Southern Smallholder Farmers’ Forum (ESAFF), organizations which promote sustainable farming practices and the majority of whose members are women. She is currently working with African rural women leaders to build a grassroots movement that advances rural women’s rights across the continent. In the 1980s and 1990s, Elizabeth was the Chairperson for the Association of Zimbabwe Traditional Environmental Conservationists (AZTREC). In 2016, she was appointed by the UNFAO as its Special Ambassador for the International Year of the Pulse for Africa. Elizabeth’s recent opinion column in the global magazine Farming Matters focused on issues of gender equality, women pastoralists, and traditional crops. She was featured in a series on food and seed sovereignty and is a regular speaker at events. eliz.mpofu@gmail.com

Ms. Esther Penunia
Secretary General, Asian Farmers Association
Ms. Esther Penunia

Secretary General, Asian Farmers Association

Ms. Ma. Estrella “Esther” Penunia is Secretary General of the Asian Farmers’ Association or AFA, a regional alliance of national farmers organizations in Asia. Established in 2002, AFA is currently composed of twenty national FOs in sixteen countries, representing around 13 million small-scale men and women farmers, fishers and indigenous peoples. AFA believes that investments in empowering farmers’ organizations and in strengthening their cooperatives are investments in unleashing the potentials of millions of family farmers in the work of ending hunger and poverty in the world. Esther was appointed FAO Special Ambassador for the 2014 International Year of Family Farming. As a social development worker, Esther spent more than three decades of professional years in the field of rural development, working with the famers, fishers and indigenous peoples’ sectors in various capacities as community organizer, participatory action researcher, trainer, gender advocate, consultant, campaigns coordinator, NGO executive/manager and networker. She and her husband are currently working in partnership with a farming family in developing a 2-hectare upland farm through sustainable, integrated, diversified, organic practices.

Ms. Gerda Verburg
Coordinator, Scaling-Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement
Ms. Gerda Verburg

Coordinator, Scaling-Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement

Since August 2016, Gerda Verburg from the Netherlands is the Coordinator of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement appointed by the UN Secretary-General. She brings extensive and broad experience from politics and international cooperation. In 2008, following her appointment the year before as Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality of the Netherlands, she was elected as Chair of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 17). From 2011, she served as Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the UN Organizations for Food and Agriculture in Rome (FAO, WFP and IFAD). In 2013, she was elected as Chair of the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS), and in 2014 she was appointed as Chair of the Agenda Council for Food and Nutrition of the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Ms. Meena Bilgi
WOCAN (Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resources Management), Core Associate
Ms. Meena Bilgi

WOCAN (Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resources Management), Core Associate

Ms. Meena Bilgi has three decades of grassroots, managerial and advocacy experience mobilizing and sustaining civil society organizations aimed at meeting human needs, especially of women ensuring sustainable use of natural resources and enhancing livelihoods, especially in areas affected by climate change and over-exploitation of natural resources. As specialist to many bilateral and multi-lateral projects, she works closely with technical and social sectors teams on integrated approaches to natural resources, engaging stakeholders, confronting unsustainable practices and implementing alternative strategies that strengthen the role and contribution of the poor and women to sustainable development. She has experience with the intersection of gender analysis and organizational change in the context of different types of organizations, with a focus on impacts of organizational culture and leadership on development and justice. She serves as faculty to various academic institutions to teach development professionals and encourage cross-cultural exposures, and is a promoter of gender sensitivity committees at workplaces. She has been active in UN-Intergovernmental processes for a decade, is Core Associate of WOCAN (Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resources Management), a Steering Committee member of the Gender and Water Alliance (GWA), and committee member of India’s GEF-UNDP/Small grant programme. She is an active member of the Women’s Major Group. She also holds a Master of Philosophy in social work and is pursuing doctorate in gender budget and public policy.

Statements
Statements
Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA)
CFS
Food and Agriculture Cluster
United States of America
Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (WOCAN)
Zimbabwe Small Holder Organic Farmers' Forum (ZIMSOFF)