Generating Income, Strengthening Agriculture

On December 11, I had the privilege of participating in the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (BMZ) Flagship Forum “Securing Food. Harvesting the Future! Existing and New Approaches to Food Security” in Berlin.

The forum focused on developing comprehensive and integrated approaches to achieve global food security. It brought together key members from international organizations, the private sector, academia, and civil society—including Kofi Annan, Chairman of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa and Former United Nations Secretary-General, Dirk Niebel, German Minister of Development, and Ilse Aigner, German Minister of Agriculture—to discuss several critical areas of agricultural development.

I took part in the high-level panel “Generating Income—Strengthening Agriculture” which focused on leveraging agriculture as a tool to achieve food security and alleviate poverty.

I suggested four key areas which will be crucial in achieving this. These include advancing smallholder productivity through sustainable intensification; leveraging smallholders to improve nutrition; linking small farmers to high-value commodity markets; and developing social protection measures to manage risks and improve the resilience of smallholders to shocks.

Global food security and rural development remains a top priority of Germany’s international development efforts—the BMZ is pro­viding over 700 million euros a year for this priority area.  IFPRI has a longstanding collaborative relationship with the BMZ and looks forward to continuing this work to advance agriculture in the future.