By Daniel Kandy
With the G20 summit taking place this weekend in Toronto, the Farming First Coalition is launching a new site reviewing the major food security initiatives of national governments, international governing bodies, and NGOs. The G20 summit, a meeting of leaders from the world’s 20 wealthiest nations, as well as six guest nations, including Malawi, Ethiopia, and Nigeria, are set to discuss a wide range of political and economic issues, and decide the direction of funds from the International Monetary Fund and Multilateral Development Banks.
Farming First, a global coalition of 131 organizations representing the world’s farmers, scientists, engineers, industry and agricultural development organizations, produced an interactive map that acts as resource guide, titled “Farming First’s Guide to Food Security Initiatives”. The map covers regional, as well as global initiatives. By moving the cursor over a region, a panel of information appears displaying each organization’s key objectives and priority actions, along with information on the leaders, supporters, funders and advisors of that organization. In addition, Farming First has compiled the information found in the interactive map into a well organized document.
The majority of funds and support being given by the organizations focus on food security issues in the developing world, where malnutrition, a lack of infrastructure, the threat of climate change, and a host of other problems exacerbate food insecurity in many regions. The Farming First coalition calls for these regional and international policy makers to make farmers the center of policy decisions regarding food security. They also point to the importance of targeting women as recipients of funds and technical assistance due to their vital role in global agricultural practices. An agricultural system that is sustainable over the long-term should focus on local production, social equity and environmentally-sound practices.
Daniel Kandy is a research intern with Nourishing the Planet.