This virtual dialogue was hosted by FAO
North America and IFPRI
When: July 14, 2020
10am - 11:30am EDT

The 2020 State of Food Security and Nutrition in the
World (SOFI) report highlights the most recent and
authoritative estimates of the extent of hunger, food
insecurity and malnutrition around the world. The
Report calls for a transformative change in food systems to ensure healthy and affordable diets for all, a sine qua non for eliminating hunger and malnutrition.

As the 2030 deadline looms, SOFI 2020 gauges whether #ZeroHunger remains achievable by tracking countries' performance and trajectory to offer a tiered assessment of the likelihood of success.

On July 14, FAO and IFPRI held a high-level discussion with distinguished speakers, including Members of the US Congress and the Directors-General of FAO and IFPRI, on the report’s key findings as well as the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global food and nutrition security.

High-Level Remarks

  • QU Dongyu, Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • Johan Swinnen, Director General, IFPRI

Special Remarks

Keynote Speaker

  • Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and SDG Advocate for UN SG Antonio Guterres

Presentation of Report's Key Findings

  • Máximo Torero, Chief Economist, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Panel Discussion

  • Anna Herforth, Tufts Affiliate and Senior Research Associate, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard Chan School of Public Health
  • Anna Lartey, Director, Nutrition, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • Marie Ruel, Director, Poverty, Health, and Nutrition Division, IFPRI

Closing Remarks


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