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Dr. Shenggen Fan to present Teagasc/RDS Lecture

Dr. Shenggen Fan, Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), will present the third lecture in the Teagasc/RDS series on ‘The Grand Challenges for Global Agriculture and Food’. Dr. Fan will speak on the theme of ‘Europe’s Role in Food and Nutrition Security’ on Thursday, 11 April, in the RDS. The International Food Policy Research Institute is the eminent Washington-based think tank on food policy directed at sustainable solutions to reduce hunger and poverty.

Dr. Fan is the Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Food Security and has written extensively on global agricultural development and food security, as well as addressing high-level audiences around the world on these issues.

In this lecture, he will address the issue of how the European Union (EU) could contribute considerably to sustainable global food production because of its wealth of productive farmland. As one of the largest global importers and exporters of food, the EU has significant leverage in, and responsibility for, the global food and nutrition agenda. Although the biggest impact on global food security will result from increased production in developing countries, the EU must play its part. It needs to protect and maintain its agricultural lands and increase food production. This will mean producing more food with fewer resources, while minimising environmental impact.

In his lecture, Dr Fan will stress that an integrated approach is needed to sustainably improve food and nutrition security for the world’s poorest and most vulnerable and that Europe has a key role to play in advancing this task. His presentation will highlight the major challenges to global food and nutrition security, as well as outline key steps needed to adopt an integrated approach. In particular, it will present policy recommendations on the role of Europe in achieving the above, including:

1) Increasing development assistance to food and nutrition security;

2) Expanding investment in agricultural R&D and support technology transfer;

3) Reforming domestic agricultural policies and promote open trade;

4) Building national capacities in developing countries;

5) Promoting South-South and North-South learning.

Teagasc & RDS Public Lecture Series - Lecture 3: Europe’s Role in Food and Nutrition Security, RDS, Thursday, 11 April at 6.30 pm.