Inaugural Grow Asia Agriculture Forum by the World Economic Forum
The Grow Asia partnership will be developed and launched in 2014 by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat. Developed in response to the recommendation from ASEAN Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry and global partners from business and civil society, Grow Asia will support efforts that contribute to food security in the region.
The World Economic Forum will host a high-level, multi-stakeholder event titled the Grow Asia Agriculture Forum on 21 May in Manila, Philippines, in advance of the 2014 World Economic Forum on East Asia. The all-day meeting will engage over 150 leaders from ASEAN governments, private sector, international organisations, civil society, research institutes and farmers’ associations to explore opportunities for investment and partnership for agriculture development in ASEAN; share best practices and innovation; and shape the strategic priorities of the Grow Asia platform.
Grow Asia will serve as a multi-stakeholder partnership platform to catalyze action that contributes to food security and sustainable, inclusive agricultural development in support of national and regional priorities in South East Asia. Country-led and locally driven, Grow Asia will support market-based scalable solutions with measurable positive impacts on inclusive and sustainable agricultural growth, especially focusing on smallholder farmer development and environmental sustainability of agriculture. The partnership will draw from the experience, models and networks of the World Economic Forum’s New Vision for Agriculture (NVA) initiative which facilitates partnerships across the world to deliver food security, environmental sustainability and economic opportunity through agriculture. More information about the Grow Asia partnership and Grow Asia event can be found here.
New Vision for Agriculture Transformation Leaders Network
The World Economic Forum’s New Vision for Agriculture initiative serves as a platform to build collaboration among stakeholders to achieve a vision of agriculture as a driver of food security, environmental sustainability and economic opportunity. The initiative has catalysed national and regional partnerships in 14 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America and engages over 250 organizations globally. A newly established Transformation Leaders Network brings together leaders of these partnerships to exchange experiences, insights and innovations. This video highlights the outcomes of the Network's first meeting.
The New Vision for Agriculture: Transforming Agriculture Through Collaboration
In order to feed a population of 9 billion in 2050, the world will need a New Vision for Agriculture - delivering food security, environmental sustainability and economic opportunity through agriculture. This will require producing more food with fewer resources while reinvigorating rural economies. It can be achieved through collaboration, investment and innovation among all stakeholders.
The World Economic Forum’s New Vision for Agriculture initiative engages leaders of business, government, civil society, farmers organisations, development partners and other groups to work together to achieve sustainable agricultural growth. The initiative works at the global level with the G8 and G20, and facilitates national-level partnerships in 14 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. This includes seven African countries engaged in the Grow Africa partnership, jointly convened by the African Union, NEPAD and the World Economic Forum. The initiative has published a Roadmap to achieve the vision, and a Transformation Framework outlining steps toward national-level agriculture transformation
Over the past three years, food security and economic crises have highlighted both the urgent need and the potential for developing sustainable agricultural systems. Nearly one billion people – one out of six globally – lack access to adequate food and nutrition. By 2050, the global population will surpass 9 billion people, and demand for agricultural products is expected to double. At the same time, the world’s agricultural systems will be increasingly challenged by water scarcity, climate change and volatility, raising the risk of production shortfalls. Substantial gains in agricultural productivity can be realized through investment, innovation, policy and other improvements. However, realizing these gains will require an exceptional level of collaboration among stakeholders in the agricultural value chain, including governments, companies, multilateral and civil-society organizations, farmers, consumers and entrepreneurs. Stakeholder alignment around shared priorities and large-scale initiatives is therefore key to success.
A New Vision for Agriculture
The New Vision for Agriculture initiative, led by the Consumer Industries Community of the World Economic Forum, works to develop a shared agenda for action and foster multistakeholder collaboration to achieve sustainable agricultural growth through market-based solutions. The initiative has defined a vision that highlights agriculture’s potential as a positive driver of food security, environmental sustainability and economic opportunity worldwide. The group believes that achieving this vision will require the leadership and capacity of all stakeholders – government, business, civil society, academia, farmers and consumers.
Who Is Involved?
The project is led by 33 global partner companies of the World Economic Forum who provide strategic leadership and championship of the initiative. These include:
AGCO Corporation, Anheuser-Busch InBev, A.P. Møller-Maersk, BASF SE, Bayer CropScience AG, Bunge Limited, Cargill Incorporated, Carlsberg, CF Industries Holdings Inc., The Coca-Cola Company, Diageo Plc., DuPont, General Mills Inc., HEINEKEN, International Finance Corporation, Mondelez International, Monsanto Company, The Mosaic Company, Nestlé SA, Novozymes, OCP Group, PepsiCo Inc., Rabobank International, Royal DSM, SABMiller, Sinar Mas Agribusiness & Food, Swiss Reinsurance Company, Syngenta Crop Protection AG, Unilever, United Phosphorus Ltd, Wilmar International Limited, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., and Yara International ASA.
A diverse network of global and local stakeholders are engaged in initiative activities, including governments, international organisations, civil society, farmers organisations, research and academia. The Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Food Security, a high-level multi-stakeholder group, provides advisory and leadership support to the initiative.
The initiative has catalysed four major public-private partnerships to date, including country-level initiatives in Mexico, Vietnam, Indonesia, and India, as well as a regional partnership platform called Grow Africa which engages seven countries.
At the country level, action-oriented partnership initiatives engage the private sector in active collaboration with governments, global organizations, farmers and other leading stakeholders to accelerate sustainable agricultural growth within specific regions or food value chains. The partnerships support countries in realizing their agriculture-sector goals by aligning investments, programmes and innovations around shared priorities for agricultural growth.
At the global level, the initiative facilitates public-private dialogue with the G20, through the B20 Food Security Tas Force, as well as through informal networks such as the Global Agenda Council on Food Security.
The New Vision for Agriculture initiative offers a platform through which stakeholders can create a shared agenda for action on sustainable agricultural development. It engages leaders in defining joint priorities, recommendations and opportunities for collaboration. Areas of focus include increasing investment, improving environmental sustainability, strengthening markets (particularly to expand opportunities for smallholder farmers), and improving access to nutritious food.
Grow Africa and the G8
The Grow Africa partnership, convened jointly by the African Union, NEPAD and the World Economic Forum, works to accelerate sustainable investment in African agriculture to improve food security. The partnership collaborated with the G8 in 2012 to help mobilize agriculture-sector investment commitments by 49 companies, valued at over USD $3 billion, as part of the G8 New Alliance on Food Security and Nutrition. The G8 and Grow Africa have formed a Leadership Council to monitor and report progress of these commitments.
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