How does the current global crisis change the debate on food security?
Claudia: The current global crisis is a real opportunity to bring the issues of food security to the front of mind, a tremendously important moment to underscore the urgency of what we face globally. To underscore not only the urgency with 45 million people on the brink of hunger or starvation, but also that food security reaches beyond where we generally imagine the areas of agriculture and food to be – to foreign policy, to trade policy, to issues of human security.
The urgency of what we’re seeing now also risks distracting us from some of our more medium and longer-term challenges of making food systems resilient and sustainable, of delivering equitable and robust livelihoods that we want for our farmers, while delivering food security for our populations.
Why are national pathways and coordination so important?
Claudia: Our nations are where the impact occurs. Each nation has its own vision for the challenges that it faces and the future it wants for its farmers and people. If impact takes place in a country, it is that country level we need to focus on.
Countries know what they want and what is needed, how to adapt the research, innovation, or opportunities that might be available globally to their specific context. They know the systems and partnerships that are needed to begin to uptake and scale out solutions that can be brought to bear. These national pathways are absolutely essential for real impact on the ground.
What’s also important about the issue of coordination, that the GDPRD takes seriously and that is central to the issue, is that we need to bring support to countries that’s more efficient and doesn’t distract the time of our country partners from the challenges they face.