The World Bank recently reminded us that we are going to experience as much urbanisation in the next 40 to 50 years, as we have been over the last 200 years. For instance, China wants to rehouse 250 million people from rural areas to cities, by 2030. And by 2050, 60% of all Africans will be living in cities.
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Food insecurity and undernutrition is increasingly an urban issue. Urbanisation is not going hand-in-hand with widespread economic growth: many global cities are in fact seeing a proliferation of urban poverty. Furthermore, the international infrastructure of food is complex and permanently vulnerable. With urban people more dependent than rural populations on whatever food they can afford to buy, it’s tied closely to livelihoods.
During this evening we address this by pulling together the issues of urban growth, agriculture, foodsecurity and the global market of food. We draw specific attention to the role of the daunting challenge in managing transportation of food from farms to the city. How can we build stronger regional chains and infrastructure between rural and urban areas? And how can urban agriculture be part of the solution?
Three young experts on food security, from Ethiopia, India and Mexico, will share their view with us on:
– the subject of food security in relation to the city
– best practises and problems in their specific country.
Adane Kebede (Ethiopia): is the coördinator at the Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation programme at Addis Ababa university, Horn of Africa Environment Centre and Network.
Shaika Rakshi (India): is a program manager at the Inter Church Organization for Development Cooperation (ICCO). She is responsible for the Food and Nutrition security program in India and the Fair Climate program in the South Asia region.
Georgius Gotsis Fontes (Mexico): is the general coordinator of Trade Promotion Exports, Service Agency for Trading and Agricultural Markets Development (ASERCA), Ministry of Agriculture of Mexico (SAGARPA). His family has a tomato crop business that exports to the U.S. market.
Also attending and contributing:
Henk Renting, Programme Officer RUAF-Foundation (International Network of Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security) & coordinator GROW the City project.
Jan de Wilt is a Dutch agricultural engineer and a staff member of InnovatieNetwerk, a Champion for sustainable agriculture. He is involved in the development and implementation of groundbreaking innovations in agriculture, agribusiness and the rural area.
Liz Ogutu (via Skype) Regional Manager Africa for ACIAR (Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research). She is also involved in the VINESA project, aiming to enhance vegetable-based farming in peri-urban corridors.