Pre-Summit: IBRAF strengthens ties with partners to protect food systems

The 2021 UN Food Systems Pre-Summit came to an end, in Rome, Italy, after three intensive days of discussions on how to support food systems and fight for the implementation of sustainable and equitable solutions. The event held more than 500 in-person delegates, over 20.000 virtual delegates, from 190 countries.

Being a Food Systems Champion, IBRAF’s President Prof. João Bosco Monte engaged in the panel “Regional Pathways to Transform Food Systems”.

At the sidelines of the event, he met with IFAD’s President, Dr. Gilbert Houngbo, to discuss to discuss joint initiatives on protecting rural people. IBRAF and IFAD are partnering at the moment to strengthen the Rural Solutions Portal and IFAD’s IT tracking systems to increase the uptake of rural development solutions.

During the meeting, Prof. João Bosco Monte formally invited Dr. Gilbert Houngbo to be a speaker in Brazil Africa Forum 2021, to be held virtually on November 23 and 24.

Dialoguing with FAO’s Director General, QU Dongyu, Prof. Monte discussed possibilities for new engagements focused on digital capacity development. IBRAF and FAO have signed a Letter of Agreement (LoA) to jointly design a South-South Cooperation (SSC) training through IBRAF’s Online Professional Learning (OPL) platform that will support 400 African trainees to gain expertise and skills on Fall Armyworm sustainable control.

IBRAF is committed to protecting food systems, empowering rural communities and capacitating young people to lead the transformation towards a more sustainable world.