27-28 April 2017. G20 conference ONE WORLD – No Hunger. Future of the rural world in Berlin. Germany is using its current Presidency of the G20. As part of the conference, the G20 representatives reached a consensus on measures to create more jobs and better prospects for young people in rural areas. That will be an important basis for G20 heads of state and government to adopt ambitious decisions at their summit in Hamburg on 7 and 8 July.

Some 130 youth representatives from G20 and African countries attended this conference. This event focused on youth employment in rural areas. Other conference participants included African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus, African philanthropists Mo Ibrahim and Tony Elumelu, the Head of the Federal Chancellery, Peter Altmaier, and German Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt.

  • In Africa alone, an additional 440 million young people will be joining an already highly competitive labour market between now and 2030, most of them in rural areas. There is therefore huge potential to achieve dynamic rural development. 
  • If, however, these young people have no prospects for the future, there is a risk that long-term social harmony and stability will be put in jeopardy and that natural resources will be over-exploited. 
  • One of the conference’s key elements was the “Berlin Charter”. This document (17 pages) can serve as important political impetus and as guidance for decision-makers from the worlds of politics, business and civil society, with a view to boosting their involvement in efforts to foster rural development and youth employment. The document was drafted in the run-up to the conference by an international advisory committee that consulted widely with non-governmental groups. The Charter was then discussed at the conference before being officially presented to Federal Minister Gerd Müller

Extracts of the programme

WE ARE THE FUTURE OF THE RURAL WORLD!
Young people from rural areas in Africa, the G20 nations and Germany were given the opportunity to present their startups and tell their stories 

INVESTING IN THE FUTURE OF THE RURAL WORLD

  • Dr Akinwumi Adesina President of the African Development Bank, Côte d‘Ivoire 

PRESENTATION OF THE “BERLIN CHARTER” – A model for rural development

  • Dr Agnes Kalibata President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Kenya 

PARALLEL CHARTER FORA – CALL FOR ACTION:How can we promote opportunities for the next generation in rural areas? The aim of the parallel Charter expert fora was to provide a platform for discussing the implementation of the Charter (the Call for Action). They started with introductory contributions from high-level speakers supplemented by the voices of youth.

  • Entrepreneurship, jobs and skills Dr Louise Fox Chief Economist of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), USA 
  • Innovation and digital opportunities Dr Mo Ibrahim Entrepreneur and Founder of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, United Kingdom 
  • Food security and social protection Dr Till Wahnbaeck CEO of Welthungerhilfe, Germany 
  • Sustainable landscapes and climate resilience Prof Klaus Töpfer Director of ThinkTank for Sustainability (TMG) and Former Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Germany 
  • Infrastructure and rural-urban linkages Dr Leonard Mizzi Head of Unit Agricultural Development, DG Devco, European Commission, Brussels 
  • Good governance, finance and funding Dr Shenggen Fan Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington D. C. 

VOICES AGAINST HUNGER 
On 28 April, Development Minister Gerd Müller presented the latest volume of the BMZ series of publications. It is entitled ‘Voices Against Hunger’. The publication presents the views of the Minister and of six prominent figures from Germany and Africa, from civil society and academia. Almost all authors were present at the conference.

  • Dr Akinwumi Adesina President of the African Development Bank, Ivory Coast 
  • Nick Austin Director Agricultural Development, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), USA 
  • Bärbel Dieckmann President, Welthungerhilfe, Germany 
  • Gilbert F. Houngbo President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Rome 
  • Dr Agnes Kalibata President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), Kenya 
  • Dr Gerd Müller Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany 
  • Prof Joachim von Braun Director of the Center for Development Research (ZEF), Germany

Background:
The BMZ Special Initiative ‘One World – No Hunger’ is about much more than the provision and use of additional funding. It involves pooling and giving strategic direction to all BMZ activities in the field of rural development and food security. Additional funding will go primarily to new projects and programmes that are innovative in nature, go beyond established approaches to development cooperation, explore new forms of cooperation, initiate new development processes and promote hitherto neglected areas.

The key criteria for selection of specific measures for individual countries in the different areas of intervention are: interests of the partner countries, potential to build on existing and ongoing German development programmes, prospects for success. On this basis, the following decisions were taken (as at January 2015):

  1. Integrated food security measures (areas of intervention 1 and 2) are being implemented in the following 12 countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Togo, Yemen and Zambia.
  2. Innovation in the agri-food sector is being promoted through the establishment of green innovation centres (area of intervention 3) in the following 13 countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Togo, Tunisia and Zambia.
  3. Soil rehabilitation measures (area of intervention 5) are being launched in five countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, India, and Kenya.

Related:
22-23 March 2017. Stuttgart. The 3rd Congress Hidden Hunger organized by the University of Hohenheim / Institute of Biological Chemistry and Nutrition considered the question of how far the Post-2015 Agenda and other programs and measures adopted in 2015 to fight against world famine and poverty have already been implemented. To achieve this, political parties and industry representatives as well as representatives of civil society and advocacy groups (NGOs) were invited to take a position. Furthermore, successfully established projects and initiatives (such as the special initiative “One World – No Hunger” of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)) were presented at the congress.

Extract of the programme:
Partnerships and NGO research cooperations incl. a special view on field research.
The third congress day was the day of organizations and institutions of partnerships. The private sector together with its governmental and academic partners presented international projects and programs as well as their targets and challenges. A special focus was given to capacity development and cross-sectoral collaborations.

  • Lawrence Haddad, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Switzerland: “How can businesses and actors in the public sector better work together to advance nutrition status?”
  • Detlev Grimmelt, Fairtrade Deutschland, Germany: “Empowering smallholders and strengthening rural communities – the Fairtrade approach to combat hidden hunger and poverty”
  • Sarah Schneider, Bischöfliches Hilfswerk MISEREOR e.V., Germany: “Structural causes of malnutrition and alternative solutions for sustainable food systems”
  • Paul Armbruster, Germany: “The role of cooperation to improve smallholder livelihoods”

  • Mirjana Gurinović (picture), University of Belgrade, Serbia: “Diet Assess and Plan (DAP) software for dietary intake assessment in supporting public health nutrition research in Central Eastern European Countries (CEEC)”. She is a Chair of the Capacity Development Network in Nutrition in Central and Eastern Europe, (NCDNCEE/CAPNUTRA) (www.capnutra.org) and contributed to food nutrition capacity development in this region.

A short trip to Africa

  • Belem Tounaba Boukary (picture), ProgettoMondo Mlal, Burkina Faso: “Nutrition Educational Cells (NEC), a community based approach to fight against child undernutrition and strength community resilience, in rural area in Burkina Faso”
  • Claudia Hensel, University of Mainz, Germany: “Students fight hidden hunger in Zambia – A mulitlevel approach to establish Enset – The tree against hunger”
  • Daniel Knoblauch, Enactus Aachen e.V., Germany: “Samaki – An innovative approach to farm fish in rural Africa”
Related:
Malabo Montpellier Panel inaugural meeting and participation in the G20 Conference One Worl No Hunger:

  • The Panel will convene senior decision makers at an annual Malabo Montpellier Forum to assess strategies for meeting global agriculture and food security goals. Dialogue between the Panel, key stakeholders, NGOs and the private sector will promote the sharing of research across borders.
  • The Panel is hosted by the West and Central African Office of the International Food Policy Research Institute and headquartered in Senegal. It is supported by the Center for Development Research of University of Bonn and Imperial College London and works closely with the Regional Strategic Analysis of Knowledge Support Systems (ReSAKSS), the main review and learning platform set up under the African Union’s Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).
  • The Panel’s first technical report will be presented in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire at the African Green Revolution Forum from 4-8 September 2017.
  • 13 April 2017. CTA Spore article. Professor Joachim von Braun, co-chair of the Malabo Montpellier Panel and co-chair for an international advisory group to the ‘One World – No Hunger’ conference, highlights the importance of rural areas and the youth in combating world hunger.

Meet the new Malabo Montpellier Panel Members 

  • Dr Ousmane Badiane, Co-Chair, Africa Director, International Food Policy Research Institute
  • Professor Joachim von Braun, Co-Chair, Director, The Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn
  • Dr Adebisi Araba, Regional Director for Africa, Centre for Tropical Agriculture
  • Tom Arnold, Director General, Institute for International and European Affairs
  • Professor Noble Banadda, Chair, Department of Agricultural and Bio Systems Engineering, Makerere University
  • Dr Patrick Caron, Chair of the United Nations, High-Level Panel of Experts on Food Security
  • Sir Gordon Conway, Professor of International Development, Imperial College London
  • Professor Gebisa Ejeta, Professor of Plant Breeding & Genetics and International Agriculture, Purdue University
  • Dr Karim El Aynaoui, Managing Director, OCP Policy Center
  • Professor Lisa Sennerby Forsse, President, Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry
  • Professor Sheryl Hendriks, Director, Institute for Food Nutrition and Well-being, University of Pretoria
  • Professor Muhammadou Kah, Professor of Information Technology and Communications, ADA University Baku
  • Dr Agnes Kalibata, President, The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa
  • Dr Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, Director, African Women in Agricultural Research and Development
  • Nachilala Nkombo, Interim Africa Executive Director, ONE Campaign
  • Ishmael Sunga, CEO, Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions
  • E. Tumusiime Rhoda Peace, Former Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union Commission

Announcement: 

21-22 May 2017. Berlin. ICAST 2017 : 19th International Conference on Agricultural Science and Technology. This conference is the premier interdisciplinary platform for the presentation of new advances and research results in the fields of Agricultural Science and Technology. The conference will bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and scholars in the domain of interest from around the world.

This post was originally published at PAEPARD and has been republished with permission.

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