In order to feed a population of 9 billion in 2050, the world will need a New Vision for Agriculture - delivering food security, environmental sustainability and economic opportunity through agriculture. This will require producing more food with fewer resources while reinvigorating rural economies. It can only be achieved through collaboration, investment and innovation among all stakeholders. This report outlines the concrete actions that can be taken to achieve such a vision, and the tools we can use to measure progress.
The revolution in mobile communications is providing a lifeline to agricultural communities around the developing world. Mobile technology is already demonstrating its potential to provide farmers with the services and information they need to grow both their production and their standard of living. By taking steps to make mobile financial services accessible to smallholder farmers, policymakers, enterprises and development organizations can play a role in empowering them with the tools they need to reap the return their hard work deserves.
From Hurricane Katrina to the tsunami in South-East Asia to the 2008 earthquakes in China, the world has seen an increasing number of natural disasters affecting human populations in recent years. The 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on 12 January 2010 created unprecedented challenges for the international community and aid agencies typically involved in responding to such emergencies. The quake killed approximately 220,000 people, destroyed the homes of 1.9 million and affected a total of 3 million.
As a result of natural disasters, over 350 million people worldwide are in need of immediate assistance each year.
How can the private sector mobilize resources to enhance the international community's response to humanitarian crises?
Peter Bakker, Chief Executive Officer, TNT, Netherlands; Global Agenda Council on the Future of Transportation
Catherine Bragg, Assistant Secretary-General , United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian …
The crisis in Haiti has required an unprecedented effort by humanitarian organizations and the private sector to save lives and re-establish critical communication and supply links.
How do first responders just back from Haiti see the current situation today the prospects for the future?
- This is the first mega-humanitarian crisis to strike an urban environment. The capital of one of the world's poorest nations has been completely destroyed and with it the nerve centre of government.
World Economic Forum, member companies, and UN pioneer two new initiatives supporting humanitarian emergency relief - Agility, TNT and UPS to contribute 'Logistics Emergency Teams' in natural disaster zones World Economic Forum and UN create 'Guiding Principles' for humanitarian relief sector.
Davos, Switzerland, 25 January 2008 - The World Economic Forum, member companies, and the United Nations today launched two initiatives to facilitate further and deeper private sector support to humanitarian relief operations.
In September 2007, the European Union announced a Global Climate Change Alliance to help poor countries prepare for natural disasters and 'climate proof' development and poverty reduction strategies, including through the use of systematic climate risk assessment tools. However, even with the growth in costs and opportunities associated with disasters, the private sector has remained engaged in resilience through specific projects rather than comprehensive, industry or cross industry-wide initiatives.
This report examines global risks for 2008
from a range of perspectives. It focuses on four emerging issues that shape
the global risk landscape, namely systemic financial risk, food security,
supply chains and the role of energy.
At the core of this year's overview of
risks to the global community over the next decade is a fundamental disconnect
between risk and mitigation. Expert opinion suggests that levels of risk
are rising in almost all of the 23 risks on which the Global Risk Network
has been focused over the last year - but mechanisms in place to manage
and mitigate risk at the level of businesses, governments and global governance
are inadequate. The global economy has been expanding faster than at any
time in history - but it remains vulnerable.