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October 16, FAO World Food Day. The new video on the children of Lesotho

Economy / -

The video for this year, dedicated to World Food Day, explores the theme of social protection and how it can help eradicate hunger and poverty by 2030. The video focuses on the Lesotho Child Cash Grant program, put in place by the government and developed together with several partners. With the contribution to agriculture, the FAO is helping the poorest families in the country to improve productivity in the fields and their food situation.

 

Romano Prodi. Using our soil to grow food, not to produce energy

Editorial / -

Food is the greatest issue in the world. We must reduce waste and achieve sustainable production. And Italy must return to investing in agricultural research.

At "Italy 2015: the country in the year of the Expo", the second stage of the path that will lead to the drafting of the Charter of Milan, Former Prime Minister Romano Prodi emphasized the need to invest in agricultural research. Especially in our country. He identified the food issue as an absolute priority. "There is absolutely no awareness in the world - said Prodi - that the rate of growth in demand for food is higher than the rate of the production growth. And predictions for the future are not good."
 
The world’s dilemma
Estimates for the next ten years indicate that the agricultural sector will have a halved growth compared to the previous decade, with a rate of 1.5% and a productivity which will not exceed 1 percent. "Miracles like the triple production of cereals in the last 50 years - said Prodi - will be unlikely. So, the world’ dilemma is: either increase production or reduce consumption.”
And although in the last two and a half years it has been better in terms of crop yields, with relatively low agricultural prices, we should not forget the recent tensions due to higher prices, which constitute one of the reasons of the social rebellions in the Middle East and other parts of the world.
 
A great global change
The big risk relates to the use of land for the production of biofuels. This change of world agriculture is leading countries like the United States to allocate 40% of US corn for gasoline and not for food. "The corn required to fill the tank of an SUV – continued Prodi – can feed one person for a year." The "new" countries are the ones that are pursuing the challenge of food security. The protagonists of the trade of basic foodstuffs are changing: China has already become the largest stock of cereals in the world, with 30% of the stocks of wheat, 40% of corn and 42% of rice. Food is actually becoming a big strategic problem: a defensive one for overcrowded countries and an offensive one for countries that can become exporters.
 
 

With Valore D we want to help women to access education, funding and the means to help feed the world and themselves in way that is humane, sustainable and fair

Culture / -

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Valore D in collaboration with the Women's Forum for the Economy and Society has organized the opening event of Women's Weeks. Here's how diversity and inclusion can create a new type of economy able to give our society and the world all those colors for which we are so much in need.

Have you ever wondered what we can do to leave a better world to our children? To the women and men of Valore D this question is essential, and I think that's also the question behind the idea of the Expo. The answer? A world where inequalities have given way to justice and cooperation, a world where respect for the environment is not the exception but the rule, a world full of food, where all of us can finally feed ourselves on the thousands of wonderful colors that Nature offers us every day.
But unfortunately that's not the world we are living in today. We all know that behind the black and white around us abundance and waste are hiding as well as poverty and lack, promises of happiness as well as mouths wide open and cries for food. Today too many of us can't afford the greens, reds, browns and yellows of the wonderful fruits that our planet offers us everywhere. And if our world is not yet plunged into the abyss of hunger we owe it to the invisible women, the women who work the land and grow fruit, everywhere, to the women who feed their children and husbands, and then, if anything remains at all, eat last.
For us, this is the most important link between Valore D and the EXPO: helping women gain access to education, funding and means to help feed the world and themselves in a humane, sustainable and fair way.
Valore D was established six years ago with the objective of promoting the talents of women in society and economy and is now an association of 143 companies - 143 companies that have chosen to be on the side of a better world. And that is why Valore D has chosen to be alongside of Women for Expo in several important events: to tell the stories of our member companies and their projects to create a more just and more colorful world for all, especially for the many invisible women who nurture our planet, but who do eat last.
A wonderful opportunity to do this will be the Women's Forum Italy 2015, the opening event of the Women's Weeks that is a collaborative effort of Valore D with the Women's Forum for the Economy and Society and naturally with Women for Expo. Here Valore D wants to involve the leaders of about 30 Italian and international member companies to tell how diversity and inclusion can create a new type of economy able to give to our society and the world all those colors of which we are in so much need.
 
The Forum will be an extraordinary workshop of ideas, it will be a ground to grow together with you and to collect new ideas, bringing in exceptional men and women - from politics to economics, from the corporate world to that of research - on the key issues of Expo, on the issues that affect us now more than ever; innovation, access to resources, sustainability, and a fair, colorful nutrition   for all. But the Forum will be even more than that: a place made especially to encourage you to actively contribute to building a more equitable society. A society where the valorization of female talents leads to equality, equality leads to a more just and sustainable economy and justice and sustainability do lead to a world where everyone - all of us - can feed from the thousand colors that our beautiful earth is offering us.
 
Come and join us at the Women's Forum 2015 at Expo 2015 and let us add colors to our wonderful world. Together.
 
 

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