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|Board News & Events
The Board of the World Agricultural Forum held it’s first meeting of 2012 by
teleconference on the 29th February. Subjects discussed included
arrangements for the 2013 Congress, the implementation of
recommendations to re-invigorate the Main Board by greater involvement
of supportive individuals and funders and naturally, budgets. The
composition of the Advisory Board will also be examined as many
members have now retired or moved to other roles.
The next Board meeting will be held in St Louis on the 24th May when our
Chairman, Ken Baker, will be travelling in the US. Leonard Guarraia and
Janet Brooks are coordinating this visit and so any ideas for meetings
should be channeled through them.
The Last Word
Jim Bolger reflects on a speech he gave at Columbia University, N.Y. on
26 March 2012
A few weeks back I gave an address at Columbia University in New York
in which I noted that noble visions without a strategy, a set of actions to
deliver the desired outcome, don’t work.
In a similar vein, if we are to feed a world of nine billion in a sustainable
manner by 2050 then we, the world, need a strategy and a set of actions to
achieve that goal. We must avoid the temptation of offering simplistic
solutions; if it was simple far fewer would now go to bed hungry every night.
In setting out plans for future food production we must work in sympathy
with the tradition and history of different countries but of necessity we must
also look at newer technologies and options to meet ever growing
President John F Kennedy in 1962 brilliantly made the point on the
necessity of facing the truth to make progress when he observed that, ‘the
great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived,
dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.’
He went on, ‘too often we hold fast to the clichés of our forebears, we
subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the
comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.’
How true, too often when how to produce additional food is discussed we
hear ‘myths and legends’ when what is needed is calm research, realistic
science and the utilisation of modern technologies to deliver new options to
farmers and the whole of the food chain.
To succeed it is essential that political leadership in all countries is also
supportive of the changes required. This won’t happen overnight as policy
changes are needed in virtually every country. This necessity will
challenge many as often it will require the redirection of resources from
other areas of expenditure to expenditure on food production.
Those difficulties acknowledged, if the world is serious in its intention to feed
the world’s population then the reality is that today’s expenditure patterns
must change. We must reject the myth that serious progress can be
achieved without change.
We at the WAF aim to keep these issues up front by discussion and debate
|Lynn Henderson, Member of the WAF Board and
Publisher, AgriMarketing magazine
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supporters and contacts who provide of their personal time, funds, effort and
enthusiasm to support the WAF in its mission to provide a neutral space to
allow corporations, governments, academe, independents and
non-government agencies to come together to discuss solutions to ensuring
food security for all.
There are too many to name and we are grateful to them all.
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