Food, Forests, and Landscapes

Protecting Ecosytems, Feeding the Future | CIFOR-IFPRI Event

June 24, 2013
12:15 pm to 1:45 pm EDT (Please join us for lunch beginning at 11:45 am); Live webcast coming up at the scheduled time.

Speakers: Shenggen Fan, Director General, IFPRI; Peter Holmgren, Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research; Geeta Sethi, World Bank. Chair: Gwendolyn Stansbury, Division Director, Communications and Knowledge Management, IFPRI.

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International Food Policy Research Institute
2033 K Street, NW, Washington, DC
Fourth Floor Conference Facility

The world faces the complex challenge of providing nutritious and affordable food to a rising population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, without depleting scarce natural resources. In the past, efforts to increase availability of food have led to expanding agriculture, standing in conflict with other land uses. More than 50 percent of Earth’s forests have now disappeared, creating an array of environmental and social problems. Yet, more than one third of the food produced worldwide is going to waste. It is in this context that global leaders are searching for policies that help in feeding a growing population, boosting nutrition, raising incomes and improving equity while being mindful of sustainable landscapes, protecting biodiversity, and combating climate change.

Join us for a panel discussion on landscape approaches, which look at combined land-use solutions in a holistic manner, assessing geographical spaces of interest and the impacts of interventions into these spaces. By removing the narrow lens of sectoral boundaries, landscape approaches can help us find combined and stronger solutions for improving access to and availability of nutritious food.

Peter Holmgren and Geeta Sethi will offer their perspectives on a landscape approach to sustainable development and how it can be used to simultaneously address multiple challenges, while Shenggen Fan will focus on sustainable intensification for food and nutrition security.