GlobalHort will lead an Expert Panel Discussion during the GFFA on Friday, January 17, 13:00 - 15:00. The
discussion will highlight the specific horticultural contributions to the fight
against malnutrition from very different aspects. The Panel is based on the
understanding that the gap between available and accessible food on the one
hand and the quality of food needed for a healthy and balanced diet for all
people on the other has to be narrowed to be successful in the fight against
food insecurity, esecially the fight against hidden hunger. Closing the gap is
possible by explicitly incorporating nutrition objectives into agriculture and
addressing the utilization dimension of food and nutrition security, including
health, education, economic and social aspects.
The International Green Week (IGW) is a one-of-a-kind international exhibition for the food, agricultural and horticultural industries. At the same time, the IGW is the point of origin for the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) with more than 80 departmental ministers. Producers from all over the world come to IGW to test market food and luxury items and reinforce their brand image. Following consumer trends, regional sourcing plays an increasingly important role. Renewable resources, organic agricultural and products, Fair Trade, rural development and gardening continue to gain importance at International Green Week.
The Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) is an international conference that focuses on central questions concerning the future of the global agri-food industry. It is held during International Green Week (IGW) and will be taking place in its current shape for the sixth time. The forum gives representatives from the worlds of politics, business, science and civil society an opportunity to share ideas and enhance political understanding on a selected topic of current agricultural policy within the context of food security. The GFFA is organised by the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV) in cooperation with GFFA Berlin e.V., the Senate of Berlin and Messe Berlin GmbH.
Under the title "Scaling Agriculture up for Food and Nutrition Security", discussions at the GFFA will centre on how agriculture and rural areas can cope more effectively with economical, ecological and social challenges and crises (e.g. production risks and market disruption, the degradation of natural resources, climate change) while at the same time performing their central task of ensuring food security.
The Second Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD2) will be held in Punta del Este, Uruguay, 29 October – 1 November 2012 where discussions will take place aimed at charting a roadmap for the agricultural research for development system that can lead to greater global impact. How much will research on tropical fruits figure into this discussion? Likely very little considering some recent decisions taken by the CGIAR! The latest one is the official closing of the Tropical Fruit Program at CIAT at the end of 2012. Thus, the present challenge is to get tropical fruit research on this roadmap. Optimistic scientists had held out the hope that the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (CRP4) would be fully supportive of tropical fruit and its diversity, given the contributions that these crops make to better nutrition, health and livelihoods. However, and despite the cover photo of a child with nutritious fruits illustrating the document proposal, fruit will not be included in the CRP4 value-chain of activities until year three of the program.
Tropical fruit researchers around the globe need and deserve secure funding to maintain and improve their programs. The GCARD roadmap must recognize and support these efforts that have great relevancy to the health and wellbeing of smallholder farmers. Donors must be found to strengthen the crop diversification approach to improving health and livelihoods. This should be a prominent avenue on the agriculture for development roadmap. The aim of GlobalHort is “to create wealth and improve human health and wellbeing in the world’s poorest countries through increased production, consumption, processing and marketing of fruits and vegetables and other horticultural crops.” GlobalHort will continue to lobby GFAR, CGIAR and other leaders of the GCARD process to secure a brighter future for tropical fruits research.
Following the second international workshop for the promotion of agrobiodiversity through development opportunity crops, held at FAO, Rome, 10-11 January 2012, organized by GlobalHort and supported by GFAR, GlobalHort is facilitating the resolutions coming out and agreed by all participants collaborating in a Diversity for Development Alliance (DforD).
Among these resolutions two are of importance for GlobalHort and for the horticulture community: i) Raise awareness of the development community and of donors during international events, ii) Finalize documents for the scientific and for the donors’ communities. Both items come together for the preparation of the Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) and set up a deadline on 29 October 2012 (Punta del Este, Uruguay: http://www.egfar.org/gcard-2012/). The participation of GlobalHort in the GCARD will also depend on the level of support that it will receive from the GCARD organizers.