Claudia: Small-scale farmers and youth farmers are so essential. We have 500 million small-scale farmers in the world producing about a third of the world’s food. They're fundamental to our food security. We're working hard to help bring innovations in more resilient, nutritious crop varieties, to bring to them innovations in agronomy and better ways of producing food, and bring innovations in policy, natural resources management, and data innovations. But what I think is really exciting, particularly for our youth farmers, is that the future could be anything they create. We talk about agripreneurs and different ways of farming in the future, precision agriculture, digital innovations, and methods that we may never have thought of before. The future is exciting for young farmers if they think broadly about the sort of food systems we need in the future.
We clearly need sustainable and resilient food systems, but we also have a vision for food systems that are equitable and profitable. Food systems can help us to mitigate climate change and perhaps even return some land for nature and biodiversity.
Our vision should be one of the ambitions we have of the world we want to see. How do we turn that into reality? It needs to be done in partnerships. We need partners who work with scientists to identify what's needed and we need to help them develop the solutions that are required. We need them to help us adapt solutions to specific contexts and to upscale and out scale.