Session 1: Financing Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems

ADB launches its Sustainable Food Webinar series to discuss financing for sustainable and resilient food systems and multilateral development banks’ role. VP Bambang Susantono opens the series with China Agricultural UniversityIFADIFPRIOECDJohns Hopkins University, and the World Bank.

Description

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted disruptions to global food systems. The pandemic increased the risks to food insecurity and deterioration of nutritional status of vulnerable populations due to rising unemployment, restrictions on people’s movement, interruptions in food production and processing, and disruptions to supply chains and increasing international commodity price (i.e., the World Food Programme cited that the number of people in Asia and the Pacific region who are facing acute food insecurity will nearly double to 265 million by the end of 2020). It also emphasized the vulnerabilities of food supply chains as the pandemic revealed system-wide risks (e.g., logistical and trade disruptions, public health risks, etc.), highlighted the increasing occurrence of zoonotic diseases (i.e., diseases that spread between animals and humans which represented 75% of all the emerging infectious diseases during the past decade), and called for a shift in food production to systems that integrate sustainable natural resource management, nutrient rich diets, public health, and climate change adaptation and mitigation, among others.

At the same time, the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the interlink between food systems and development challenges. The interrelationships of food systems among its subsystems (e.g., farming, waste management, input supply, food safety and others) and its interaction with other key systems (such as energy, trade, and health, etc.) calls for more holistic and integrated solutions to address challenges. The need to close the financing gap was also highlighted. Scaling up private and public investments is critical to promote sustainable and resilient food systems. 

The Rural Development and Food Security (Agriculture) Thematic Group of ADB’s Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department launches its Sustainable Food Webinar Series to continue discussions and collectively find integrated solutions on how to cope and recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The series will provide a platform to share knowledge, experiences, and best practices that can help developing members countries build sustainable and resilient food systems and enable them to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and future disruptions.

The series kicks off with discussions on Financing Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems in Asia and the Pacific.

Objectives

This session aims to discuss ways to scale up private and public financing to close the large financing gap for food system transformation in the region and determine the role of multilateral development banks towards this transformation.

Target Participants

The event invites representatives from the following organizations engaged in agriculture, natural resources, and rural development:

  • government and intergovernmental organizations;
  • multilateral and bilateral development institutions;
  • private firms engaged in the agriculture and food business;
  • research and development institutions, think tanks, and centers of excellence; and
  • NGOs, civil society, and advocacy organizations other individuals and organizations interested and/or engaged in agriculture and natural resources.
Resource Speakers
  • Bambang Susantono, Vice-President, Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, ADB.
  • Alvaro Lario, Associate Vice President, Financial Operations Department, International Fund for Agricultural Development.
  • Yasuyuki Sawada, Chief Economist and Director General of Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, ADB.
  • Dina Umali-Deininger, Agriculture Practice Manager, East Asia and the Pacific, World Bank
  • Lee Ann Jackson, Head of Division, Agro-food Trade and Markets, Trade and Agriculture Directorate, OECD.
  • Qingfeng Zhang, Chief, Rural Development and Food Security (Agriculture) Thematic Group.
  • Shingo Kimura, Senior Natural Resources and Agriculture Specialist, East Asia Department, ADB.
  • Kevin Chen, Qushi Chair Professor and International Dean, China Academy for Rural Development, Zhejiang University and Senior Research Fellow and Head of East and Central Asia Office, International Food Policy Research Institute.
  • Shenggen Fan, Chair Professor, China Agricultural University.
  • Martin Lemoine, Unit Head, Agribusiness, Private Sector Operations Department, ADB.
  • Jessica Fanzo, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Global Food Policy and Ethics at the Johns Hopkins University.
  • Suzanne Gaboury, Director General, Private Sector Operations Department, ADB.

Session 2: Rural Prosperity with Carbon Neutrality and Food Security

This webinar will discuss the opportunities and challenges for achieving carbon neutrality agenda, while ensuring food security and boosting rural economy with Professor Jiahua Pan, key expert engaging in the PRC’s climate change policy and IPCC Working Group.

Description

Rural regions have the advantage of, not only the space for solar and wind as zero carbon energy, but also the potential to generate carbon neutral bio-energy. In this regard, Rural areas will lead the process towards carbon neutrality and contributes to net zero carbon in urban areas. However, rural carbon neutrality does have implications for food security as food-land-nexus complicates the interactions. In the meantime, carbon neutrality will bring opportunities for rural prosperity while food security has to be prioritized.

This webinar jointly organized by ADB’s Rural Development and Food Security (Agriculture); and Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management Thematic Groups; Energy Sector Group; and ADB-PRC Regional Knowledge Sharing Initiative will examine the nexus of carbon neutrality and food security in the rural areas with three questions in mind: (i) what are the opportunities and challenges for agriculture and rural areas to contribute to carbon neutrality with food security not undermined, (ii) what enabling environment is needed for agriculture and rural areas to lead the process, and (iii) what is the potential role of the government, business and development organizations in the process?

The webinar is part of ADB’s Sustainable Food Webinar Series, which aims to provide a platform for sharing knowledge and experiences on taking integrated food system approach in addressing challenges in food security, environmental sustainability and rural development.

Target Participants

The event invites representatives from the following organizations engaged in agriculture, natural resources, and rural development:

  • government and intergovernmental organizations;
  • multilateral and bilateral development institutions;
  • private firms engaged in the agriculture and food business;
  • research and development institutions, think tanks, and centers of excellence; and
  • NGOs, civil society, and advocacy organizations other individuals and organizations interested and/or engaged in agriculture and natural resources.
Resource Speakers

Moderator: Qingfeng Zhang, Chief of Rural Development and Food Security (Agriculture) Thematic Group, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, ADB.

Opening Remarks: James Lynch, Director General, East Asia Department, ADB.

Presentation: Jiahua Pan, Member of the Academic Board, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS).

Discussants:

  • Yongping Zhai, Chief of Energy Sector Group, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, ADB.
  • Preety Bhandari, Chief of Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management Thematic Group concurrently Director, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management Division, ADB.
  • Arthur Hanson, International Council Member for China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development.
  • Kevin Chen, Qushi Chair Professor and International Dean, China Academy for Rural Development, Zhejiang University and Senior Research Fellow and Head of East and Central Asia Office, IFPRI.
How to Join

Online via Zoom. Meeting ID: 993 8017 1680; Password: SDTCAR21

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