November 14, 2022
This article was originally published in Kontan.co.id and is translated here for convenience.
KONTAN.CO.ID – NUSA DUA Decision makers including government and industry, particularly G20 members, need to step up partnerships between government and private sector to address the world’s various food and energy security challenges. The conclusion became an agreement in the Global Food Security Forum aka the Global Food Security Forum which was held in Nusa Dua, Bali on November 12-13, 2022.
“Our goal is to provide food for 8 billion people around the world,” said Minister of Defense of the Republic of Indonesia Prabowo Subianto, Sunday (11/13).
In his speech, Prabowo invited all stakeholders to collaborate to achieve the zero hunger target around the world, in line with Sustainable Development Goal number two.
The problem of food availability and affordability of food prices, Prabowo said, is a challenge in alleviation of hunger around the world.
“The challenge is that only a few countries have sufficient supply of protein and calories,” Prabowo said.
Chairman of Gaurav & Sharon Srivastava Family Foundation, Gaurav Srivastava said, increasing government and private partnerships can push us towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal number two.
He hopes that solutions to global food security issues discussed in this forum, such as financing for emergency food reserves, financial support for the World Food Program and wheat supply, and the formation of business associations that are able to unite food needs to reduce their supply costs, can soon be realized through increasing partnerships between governments and private parties.
‘Our foundation believes that this forum agreement to enhance government and private partnerships is an important step towards ensuring global food security,’ Gaurav said.
Held for 2 days, the Food Security Forum identified pandemics and geopolitical conflicts as two major global food security threats that hinder food production and distribution, increase global inflation, and create uncertainty that paralyze the world.
Forum participants considered continuous dialogue between G20 member countries as important to anticipate future food security challenges. G20 member countries are expected to carry out agricultural extension services to encourage the continued creation of innovation and environmentally based food security solutions.