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Panel Discussion on Agriculture Development and Food Security
New Cooperation for Global Food Security

The Rome-based UN food and agriculture agencies (IFAD, FAO, and WFP), in collaboration with UN-DESA sponsored a panel discussion on 9 October 2009, to complement the United Nations General Assembly Second Committee’s debate on “Agriculture Development and Food Security.”

The purpose of the panel discussion is to provide intellectual input and thematic guidance for the Second Committee debate on agriculture development and food security by focusing on two distinct trends that are both promising and critical for the understanding of how to improve global food security in the short, medium and long term and how to achieve the MDGs and poverty and hunger reduction goals beyond 2015:

  1. The importance of international cooperation for global food security
  2. The emergence of new voices, actors and partnerships in the field of agricultural development and food and nutrition security


  • Mr. Park In-kook, Chairperson of the Second Committee, and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the UN.


  • Mr. David Nabarro, Coordinator, High-Level Taskforce of the Secretary-General on the Global Food Security Crisis (HLTF) (via video conference from Geneva)
  • Ms. Rajul Pandya-Lorch, Chief of Staff and Head of the 2020 Vision for Food, Agriculture and the Environment Initiative, IFPRI
  • Mr. Pedro Medrano, Director of the New York Liaison Office and Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, WFP
  • Mr. Arthur Getz Escudero, Director of Global Policy Change and Food Systems Advocacy, Heifer International
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