A Territorial Approach to Food Security and Nutrition and Rural Poverty Reduction

Thursday 4 December, 13:00-14:30, Iran Room

A Territorial Approach to Food Security and Nutrition and Rural Poverty Reduction

About the event: FAO's Social Protection Division (ESP) and the SO Team for Reducing Rural Poverty (SO3) are organizing a Side Event on the Territorial Approach to Food Security and Nutrition and Rural Poverty Reduction. The panel will discuss the importance of territorial approaches to FSN and rural poverty (CFS, Post-2015 Agenda, Global Donor Platform for Rural Development, African Economic Outlook 2015). A territorial approach represents a suitable framework to address the structural and emerging issues of food security and nutrition and poverty reduction, including widening within-country inequalities and disparities in so far as they allow the exploration of the multi-dimensional, multi-actor and multi-level nature of food security and nutrition and rural poverty. In addition, the territorial approach can provide the conceptual and analytical framework for the holistic and integrated approach pursued by SO3 in the implementation of its activities. The joint FAO-OECD-UNCDF initiative on this topic will also be presented.

Purpose: The purpose of the event is to raise awareness and sensitize the member countries on the effectiveness of the territorial approach for the design and implementation of food security and nutrition, and poverty reduction policies.

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English, French and Spanish


Kostas Stamoulis - Coordinator Strategic Objective 1 and Director of the Agricultural Development Economics Division (ESA), FAO

Special Guest:

H.E. Thomas Wrießnig - Ambassador of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany to FAO
Germany’s perspective on the Territorial Approach and support to the FAO-OECD-UNCDF Initiative


Geography Matters for FSN and Rural Poverty Reduction Policies
Rob Vos - Coordinator Strategic Objective 3 and Director of the Social Protection Division (ESP), FAO

A Territorial Approach to Address Inequalities and Achieve Spatial Inclusion
Federico Bonaglia – Acting Deputy Director, OECD Development Centre

Addressing FSN by means of a Territorial Approach
Andrés Rodrìguez-Pose – Professor of Economic Geography, London School of Economics and President-Elected Regional Science Association International (RSAI)

The joint FAO-OECD-UNCDF Initiative on the Territorial Approach to FSN Policies
Raffaele Trapasso – Economist, OECD Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate

The Territorial Approach and the Urban Food Policy Pact towards Expo 2015
Monica Dragone – Resp. Food Security Projects - Foreign Affairs Dpt. - Development Aid, City of Milan

Twitter hashtag:

#CL150; #TerritorialApproachFSN

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