Food and Nutrition Security in Africa - Opening remarks, Jaana Husu-Kallio

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Food and Nutrition Security in Africa seminar in Helsinki 16 June 2014 - Opening remarks, Jaana Husu-Kallio, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland

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Food and Nutrition Security in Africa - Opening remarks, Jaana Husu-Kallio

  1. 1. 19.6.2014 1 FoodAfrica Midterm Seminar Food and Nutrition Security in Africa 16 June 2014, Helsinki, Finland Opening remarks Dr. Jaana Husu-Kallio, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland
  2. 2. 19.6.2014 2 Food security • Access to food • Peoples ability to adquire food • Usability and safety of food • Stability in the access to food
  3. 3. Why food security is important • Worldwide 842 million people suffer from hunger • Of those 230 million in Africa • Every third child in a developing country suffer from malnutrition 19.6.2014 3
  4. 4. Challenges that agriculture face in developing countries • Productivity of agriculture is low • Significant losses in the beginning of production chain • Small profits to the producer • Small scale producers, who are often women. Womens right to own land is sometimes limited. • Land being used to produce bioenergy instead of food • Population of rural areas move to cities 19.6.2014 4
  5. 5. FoodAfrica • Investments in agricultural research play a key role in raising agricultural productivity and enhancing food security • The FoodAfrica Program was launched in 2011 as a practical outcome of the Finnish Government development co-operation policy on rural development and food security • FoodAfrica focus is on research • It aims to provide new knowledge and tools for researchers, decision makers and local African farmers 19.6.2014 5
  6. 6. 19.6.2014 6 Nandi Hills, Kenya Countryside in Nandi Hills, Kenya

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