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Expert Panel 1

Building Forward Better – for ONE Climate-Resilient and Healthy WORLD without Hunger.

German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), World Bank, Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research – CGIAR

Time: Monday, 18. January 2021, 13:00 – 14:00 (CET)
Languages: English, German

Panel guests will be announced soon


The COVID-19 pandemic fundamentally changed the world last year; for developing countries, it has reinforced existing crises and negative trends. For instance, hunger and malnutrition have increased in 2020. Climate change is increasingly affecting developing countries and, as a result, their food systems are under increasing pressure; animals and humans are living in greater proximity with one another and further pandemics such as COVID-19 may occur. Systemic connections between zoonotic diseases, the loss of biodiversity and climate change are becoming more evident. Against this backdrop, is a world without hunger still possible?

This event will discuss how the agricultural sector can contribute to preventing further pandemics and how food systems can emerge stronger from the COVID-19 pandemic. The panel will also ask how agriculture and food systems in developing countries can be made healthier and more resilient to climate change, and how they can better contribute to climate stewardship.

The focus will be on feasible solutions with a broad impact that make food systems as a whole more sustainable, healthy, gender-sensitive, climate-resilient and crisis-proof.

CGIAR centres worldwide have been working for decades on climate-adapted agriculture and produce, for instance adapted seeds or salt-tolerant plant varieties. Food systems are being transformed, One Health approaches are becoming widespread and digitalisation is already widely used.

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