After the introduction of the FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva, the NobelPeace Professor Muhammad Yunus held a fascinating keynote speach on the need torebuild hope in that part of the world where 99% of the population has just 1% of thewealth. Inequality continues to grow in the face of ineffective cooperation actions because they neglect the primary objective of growth of local human capital.

We need to rethink the economic system:

  • by promoting social enterprise, motivating interests that go beyond mere self-interested profit-making;

  • by drastically reducing CO2 emissions because, due to the rise in sea level, they 
    reduce the availability of land for agriculture;

  • by encouraging entrepreneurship training so as to offer alternative opportunities to forced emigration.

Participants in the debate were: Vincenza Lomonaco (Permanent Representative of Italy to FAO) Claudio Ceravolo (President COOPI) the representative of the Department for the Promotion of Integral Human Development of the Catholic Church, Marcela Villareal (FAO PSP Director) and Roberto Ridolfi (PS ADG FAO ).
Among the interventions, Roberto Pasca di Magliano (Unitelma Sapienza, University of Rome) stressed the need for cooperation policies to promote endogenous development and concentrate efforts on microfinance measures in order to provide opportunities for domestic growth and discourage their indiscriminate escape.

FAO Nobel Peace Laureates Alliance for Food Security and Peace in Action

FAO, Tuesday, 21 May 2019

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