Inclusive and sustainable development: Visit to UNIDO

In parts of the developing world, economies are growing and transforming, and many countries are becoming more urban. These changes have implications for food security and nutrition, along with many other development goals. To ensure that all people and the planet benefit from these changes, development must be inclusive and sustainable.

Along these lines, I recently met with Director General Li Yong of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) to find areas of complementarity between IFPRI and UNIDO. The potential for collaboration is exciting, especially around urbanization. As discussed in the 2017 Global Food Policy Report, rapid urbanization presents challenges and opportunities for sustainable development amidst food system and diet transformations. Working with organizations such as UNIDO could bring those opportunities to bear. For example, collaboration on sustainable cities and green industrial parks could help address multiple development issues. And continuing to share lessons across countries—especially through South-South learning events involving African countries—has exciting potential as a collaborative effort for both organizations.

This was my first meeting with UNIDO, and it was a fruitful one. I look forward to further opportunities for IFPRI and UNIDO to join hands to promote inclusive and sustainable development.