[ASC-media] Post 2015 Development Agenda

Cathy Reade creade at squirrel.com.au
Sun Aug 17 13:51:14 PDT 2014



18 August 2014

Media are welcome to attend and prearranged interviews are encouraged. 

Contact: Cathy Reade, Media Manager IHC2014 0413 575 934
cathy.reade at crawfordfund.org

Photo/footage opps available with horticulture and floral display, vertical
gardens, trees and exhibitions 

Press releases at http://www.ihc2014.org/media_and_news.html


With the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set to conclude in 2015, the
international community is now focused on the formulation of sustainable
development goals to anchor the post-2015 development agenda. What will be
the role of fruit and vegetables in that post-2015 Agenda?

This is the question to be addressed by Dr Shenggen Fan, Director General of
the renowned food policy think-tank, the International Food Policy Research
Institute, in his plenary address to the International Horticulture Congress
(IHC2014) on 18 August. Dr Fan will be speaking to over 3000 delegates from
more than 100 countries who will attend IHC2014 - the world premier
horticulture event - in Brisbane from 17-22 August at the Brisbane
Exhibition and Convention Centre. 

Dr Fan, who was recently awarded the Hunger Hero Award from the World Food
Programme in recognition of his commitment to and leadership in fighting
hunger worldwide, will discuss a nexus approach that integrates food
security and nutrition into sustainable development, highlighting the
importance of horticulture, particularly vegetables and fruits production,
for ending global hunger and undernutrition sustainably.

Dr Fan will argue that the post-2015 agenda should:

-         Be people-focused, ensuring that environmental sustainability
goals do not undermine the food security and nutrition of poor and
vulnerable people;

-         Promote win-win strategies that maximize synergies and minimize
trade-offs between environmental sustainability goals and food security and
nutrition goals; and

-         Make it high priority to end hunger and undernutrition sustainably
by 2025.

"Horticulture is key to ending hunger and undernutrition, which often
results from the lack of a diverse, nutrient-rich diet that includes fruits
and vegetables. Successful interventions contribute to improving
micronutrient intake in vulnerable groups, as well as integrate producers
into the value chain," says Dr Fan who will be speaking at a range of events
during his time in Australia. 

"The global community should make ending hunger and undernutrition by 2025
the top priority for economic and moral reasons. To achieve this goal,
governments and donors must devote sufficient resources and implement
appropriate policies," concluded Dr Fan.


More general issues to be covered at IHC2014 include: 

-          The place of horticulture in world food production

-          Human health effects of fruits, vegetables, nuts and berries 

-          The future of indigenous vegetables and their role in the battle
against malnutrition and disease 

-          Traditional and modern knowledge of medicinal and aromatic plants

-          Functional & biofortified food and GMOs in horticulture

-          Mechanisation, precision horticulture and robotics

-          Connections between nature, plants, landscapes and human health


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