Areas of Engagement


After less than one year from the food crisis in the Horn of Africa, a new african food crisis is emerging, in the Sahel region. How can we act to avoid further damages and further crises?

The first part of the conference will analyze the current situation in the Sahel region; the second part will look at initiaitives and innovations needed to strenghten food security. Participants included: Prof. David Millar, University for Development Studies, Ghana, Madeleen Helmer, Red Cross/Climate Centre and Joris Lohman, Youth Food Movement. 

SID Forum highlights

by Suman Sahai

As the world struggles with successive food crises and turbulence marks the countries that suffer from endemic hunger, there is the new factor of global warming and climate change to contend with. Climate change and its impact on agriculture and food production is being properly understood only now, as its anticipated impacts are being felt in agricultural ecosystems across the world.

Konstantin Huber, Executive Director at the World Bank, gave a lecture on the World Bank's engagement in poverty reduction and crisis mitigation within old and new approached for low and middle income countries. He discussed the role of the Bank in relation to the global public goods debate and climate change policies. It will be addressed the critical framework of sustainable development and the role of civil society, public and private sector as pillars of a future financial architecture.

May 31: Bottlenecks and Border Crossings in Africa
Cross border trade is increasingly important in an interdependent world. The SID-Washington Africa Workgroup will host a discussion to take a look at efforts to streamline trade flows at borders and to explore the indicators that monitor this activity. The workgroup will host William Petty, Crown Agents USA and Toni Matsudaira, Senior Trade Facilitation Specialist at The World Bank.

by Wendy Harcourt

Change usually comes with loss. Living in Europe right now, there is a sense of deep loss and uncertainty. For people living in other parts of the world pictures of burning houses and riots such as those in Athens over austerity measures are hardly surprising. The current struggles in Europe take their historic place alongside the Latin American debt crisis, the Asian crisis, the many and continuing upheavals in sub-Saharan Africa, the crushing lives in Central and Eastern Europe, and the recent regime changes in the MENA region.

Summary and reflections By Günther Oldenbruch

Ms. Ursula Schäfer-Preuss delivered a speech on Inclusive Growth in the practice of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Taking advantage of her 5-year experience as Vice President of the Asian Development Bank, she focused on strategies and concepts elaborated by the ADB on this specific theme.

To feed the world's growing population, global agriculture will have to double its food production by 2050. Can the world be fed in a sustainable way?  Are there ecological solutions available in alternative to intensive agriculture and fertilizers? How can applicable standards for sustainable food production be created? How can efficiency and productivity of food production be reconciled with sustainability and protection of the environment? 

by Situma Mwichabe.

The cooperative movement brings together over 1 billion people around the world. The UN estimated in 1994 that the livelihood of nearly 3 billion people was made secure by co-operative enterprise. These enterprises continue to play significant economic and social roles in their communities.  In Kenya 1 in 5 people is a member of a co-operative or 5.9 million and 20 million Kenyans directly or indirectly derive their livelihood from the cooperative movement.