IFAD / GLOBAL FOOD SYSTEMS

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Speaking at the UN Food Systems Summit today the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Alvaro Lario said that urgent action Is needed to reverse the current damaging costs of unhealthy food systems. IFAD

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DATELINE: 24TH JULY 2023, ROME, ITALY / FILE

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1.Various shots, Exterior and Interior of Food Systems summit in Rome
2. Various shots, IFAD President Alvaro Lario at the conference.
3.Wide shot, Moderator and broadcaster Redi Thlabi welcoming IFAD President on stage at Food Systems summit.
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Alvaro Lario, President of IFAD:
“The cost of inaction is much higher than the cost of action. If we really want to take people out of hunger, out of poverty, when you are talking about the poor. It’s something that we very much stress. It’s not enough having investments or giving food aid. Those investment need to be very much focused on pro-poor rural policies.”
5. Wide shot, Moderator welcoming IFAD President on stage at Food Systems summit.
6.Wide shot, President of Somalia on Stage.
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of Somalia:
“The question is, the traditional models of financing, will it help even if we get out of the current situation and get the right access to the international financing? Today the world is facing serious challenges and different situations than it was decades ago. What we need is new and creative models of accessing finance, for countries like most of Africa and in particular very fragile countries like Somalia. We need a new approach to financing the food systems.”
8.Wide shot, Moderator inviting Antonio Guterres on stage.
9.Various shots, Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Giorgia Melone, PM of Italy sitting at Food Systems summit.
10. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Un Secretary-General:
“Broken food systems are not inevitable, they are the results of the choices we have made and there is more than enough food to go around. Governments and businesses must work together to build systems that put people over profit.”
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11. Various shots, money and calculator and banks.
12. Various shots, IFAD projects working with the private sector in Vietnam
13. Various shots, egg production in Uganda, IFAD project working with private sector.

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14. Various shots, droughts in Somalia

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Following recent news that the fight against hunger has stalled, a gathering of global leaders taking stock of progress made in transforming food systems becomes even more urgent.

Speaking at the UN Food Systems Summit + 2 Stocktaking Moment today (24 Jul), the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Alvaro Lario said that urgent action is needed to reverse the current damaging costs of unhealthy food systems.

SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Alvaro Lario, President of IFAD:
“The cost of inaction is much higher than the cost of action. If we really want to take people out of hunger, out of poverty, when you are talking about the poor. It’s something that we very much stress. It’s not enough having investments or giving food aid. Those investment need to be very much focused on pro-poor rural policies.”

The President of Somalia also spoke at the event, said that new ways need to be found to give African countries access to finance that can transform these systems.

SOUNDBITE (English) Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of Somalia:

“The question is, the traditional models of financing, will it help even if we get out of the current situation and get the right access to the international financing? Today the world is facing serious challenges and different situations than it was decades ago. What we need is new and creative models of accessing finance, for countries like most of Africa and in particular very fragile countries like Somalia. We need a new approach to financing the food systems.”

The emerging global vision is to create a new food financial architecture with governments, the private sector and development partners mobilising as much as US$400 billion a year until 2030 - far less than the cost of inaction estimated at $12 trillion a year in environmental, social, and economic damage to communities, families, livelihoods and lives.
This afternoon UN Secretary General António Guterres called upon governments to work together to fix food systems.
SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Un Secretary-General:
“Broken food systems are not inevitable, they are the results of the choices we have made and there is more than enough food to go around. Governments and businesses must work together to build systems that put people over profit.”
MUST WORK TOGETHER TO BUILD SYSTEMS THAT PUT PEOPLE OVER PROFIT.”
According to the latest figures from the SOFI report the UN released on 12 July, 122 million more people are suffering chronic malnourishment since 2019. Currently, over 3 billion people in the world cannot afford a healthy diet. Food systems are responsible for one-third of greenhouse gas emissions, up to 80% of biodiversity loss and up to 70% of fresh-water consumption.

The Summit is taking stock over the next three days of the progress made to create inclusive, sustainable and resilient food systems. The event is hosting 2,000 in-person participants and thousands of virtual attendees from 170 countries – including 22 heads of state, 103 ministerial level delegates, close to 100 Food Systems National Convenors, 450 non-state actor (NSA) delegates, and high-level delegates from the UN system and other international organizations.
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