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Integrate science and society — Zimbabwean food policy expert at Chicago Council symposium

Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, appointed chair of ILRI's board of trustees in November 2012

Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, CEO and head of mission of the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), based in South Africa, is chair of ILRI’s board of trustees (photo credit: Lindiwe Majele Sibanda).

At the ongoing Chicago Council Global Food Security Symposium, ‘there is renewed focus across public, private, and international organizations towards ending global food insecurity. . . . [S]peakers stressed that the complex challenge of hunger requires a unique collaboration between different sectors, experts, and communities. . . .

Dr. Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, Chief Executive Officer and Head of Mission of the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network, and Ren Wang, Assistant Director General of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), both advocated for an increase in long-term, stable support and investment. Dr. Sibanda stated that investors need the confidence to make the long-term investments necessary to allow countries and organizations to address the larger challenges of hunger, with a focus on capacity-building and solutions that attract young people to agriculture. . . .

Dr. Sibanda also noted the difference between research for development and research in development—and the pronounced need for the latter. Science and society must be better integrated to comprehensively address the challenges of food and agriculture.

Read the whole article at Foodtank: Chicago Council: A discussion on a ‘New science of agriculture to advance global food security’, 21 May 2013.

Follow the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Global Food Security Symposium 2013.

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