Leadership and Partnership to Achieve Global Food Security: Side event at the United Nations Third International Conference on Financing for Development

15 July 2015
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Hilton Harrar Grill Room
United Nations

FANRPAN CEO Dr Lindiwe Majele Sibanda participated in the side event: "Leadership and Partnership to achieve Global Food Security" during the United Nations Third International Conference on Financing for Development. The event was co-hosted by the US Government and the African Union Commission.

The event highlighted how proven approaches to food security and nutrition spurred by the African Union's Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) are working across Africa and on other continents. With support from the US Government's cornerstone global food security initiative, Feed the Future, and in partnership with governments, civil society, development partners, and the private sector, the country-led approach to development is helping to unlock the transformative potential in agriculture to sustainably address the challenge of global hunger.


Key objectives:

  • Showcase results on improving food security and nutrition in Africa, particularly through country ownership;
  • Generate enthusiasm around partnerships that harness the power of science, technology, and innovation to achieve our goal of eliminating hunger; and
  • Highlight successful models of food security approaches that are being leveraged to achieve impact on global food security and nutrition.

African leaders have demonstrated a profound commitment to strengthen food security through the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP), a joint effort to address key policy and capacity issues to increase agricultural production, support smallholder farmers, expand marketing, and boost trade opportunities launched in 2003. This model is achieving results that in just a few short years are demonstrating impact at scale and has catalyzed significant investments from the private sector as a critical partner in the fight against extreme poverty, hunger, and undernutrition. Feed the Future, the U.S. Government's cornerstone global food security initiative, emerged following President Obama's call on global leaders in 2009 to act on an urgent need to promote growth in the agriculture sector to address global hunger. This leadership mobilized global action, leveraging $18 billion from other donors and positioning food security at the top of the global agenda after decades of decline in investment. Feed the Future, President Obama's first global development initiative, is inspired by and perpetuates the CAADP model - already rooted in Africa - that promotes country-owned approaches and priorities to reduce hunger, poverty, and malnutrition.

In Africa, the CAADP model set the foundation for deepened private sector engagement in food security particularly through the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, which, under the African Union's leadership, catalyzed investments from international and African companies to accelerate agricultural growth to lift millions out of poverty.

Momentum is strong, but the work is far from finished. Challenges such as climate change threaten to roll backs the gains of the past few years as worsening droughts damage crops and kill animals, ocean acidification threatens fisheries, and deforestation contributes to soil loss and erosion during extreme rainfall events. The financing landscape is also changing; we are relying less on official development assistance and looking more toward innovative financing models that leverage all sources of finance. Leaders from all sectors must continue to work in partnership around evidence-based approaches to promote sustainable, transformative impact.

Dr Sibanda was joined by the following panellists:


  • Alfonso Lenhardt, USAID
  • H.E. Erastus Mwencha, AUC

Moderator: John Graham, Save the Children Ethiopia


  • H.E. Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, AUC;
  • Dr Khalid Bomba, Ethiopian Agricultural Transformation Agency;
  • Hassan Bashir, Takaful Insurance;
  • Carlos Morales, Guatemala;
  • Richard Greene, USAID;
  • osefina Stubbs, IFAD;
  • Patricia Haslach, US Ambassador to Ethiopia;
  • James Makini, YALI and One Hen Campaign