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Webinar in observance of World Food Day "Water productivity, the yield gap and nutrition: the case of Ethiopia"

Date: 16 October 2019 from 3 to 4 p.m. (CEST)

In observance of the World Food Day, FAO is hosting a webinar on 16 October 2019 addressing hunger and water under SDGs 2 and 6.

Water is among the key inputs for crop production and a major linchpin for the achievement of multiple Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For a necessary and desirable transformation of agriculture, there is an urgent need to unify the different aspirations of the SDGs such as water-use efficiency (SDG 6.4), the increase of agricultural productivity and incomes of smallholder farmers, and the elimination of all kinds of malnutrition (SDG 2). This is motivated by the need to align with the UN General Assembly Declaration of 2016-2025 as the Decade of Action for Nutrition and the Decade of Action for Water (2018-2028).  The achievement of SDG 2 requires concerted efforts to enhance efficiency and productivity in the use of water (SDG 6.4) and other resources, with a nutrition lens.

Objectives of the webinar:

The webinar aims to increase the understanding of the links between water, food security, nutrition and livelihoods of smallholder farmers.

In the context of water scarcity, the webinar presents a framework to assess options to increase yields and produce more high-nutrient dense food, based on the results of a country case study in Ethiopia.

Agenda

15:00 - 15:05 
Opening remarks by moderator

Sasha Koo-Oshima, Deputy Director, Land and Water Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


15:05 - 15:25 
Water use efficiency and productivity for higher yields and nutrition: An agenda based on data from Ethiopia

Jan Lundqvist, Senior Scientific Advisor, Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)


15:25 - 15:30 
The three A's of Food Security (video message)

Monkombu Swaminathan, Founder Chairman, M S Swaminathan Research Foundation


15:30 - 15:40
Water and nutrition: Harmonizing actions for the achievement of SDGs 

Jessica Fanzo, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health - Commissioner, The EAT-Lancet Commission


15:40 - 15:50
Linking farmers to markets 

Claudia Ringler, Deputy Director of the Environment and Production Technology Division, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)


15:50 - 15:55
Action plan on mainstreaming nutrition-sensitive agriculture on IFAD operations

Joyce Njoro, Lead Technical Specialist for Nutrition, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)


15:55 - 16:00
Questions & Answers

Sasha Koo-Oshima, FAO


16:00
Closing of the webinar

Information on how to connect to the webinar will be soon available.