Tomorrow IFAD President, Dr Kanayo Nwanze will be leaving for the States to attend the symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security - Advancing food and nutrition security at the 2012 G8 Summit.
The symposium takes place on the eve of 2012 G8 Summit and brings together senior global leaders to discuss new G8 efforts on food security and the opportunity and benefits of private sector investment in African agriculture and food sectors.
There is already quite a bit of buzz on social media about this event (#globalag), and everyone is looking forward to the live webstreaming and keynote addresses by President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
IFAD President will be participating in a panel discussion on "Farm futures: Increasing trade to drive economic growth".
Earlier this afternoon, IFAD social reporting team met with the President and asked Dr Nwanze to share his views on the progress made since the G8 summit at l'Aquila and what he would like the G8 leaders to do differently.
- not to make new commitments and not to make new declarations
- rather, look at what has worked in the previous initiatives and reinforce their commitments and put in additional resources
- to bring private sector into African agriculture focusing on domestic indigenous private sector
- to call upon developing countries to demonstrate political commitment