Financing sustainable transformation in the agrifood systems: Gaps and Opportunities
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Time: Thursday, 19. January 2023, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Languages: English, German, French
Agrifood systems across the world offer a unique opportunity to address climate change from two perspectives. One, by building resilience across agrifood systems, we ensure their adaptation to climate change. At the same time, sustainable agricultural systems offer many opportunities to reduce greenhouse gases emissions. Implementation of climate resilient agrifood systems requires political will, international cooperation, generation and exchange of knowledge and best practices, as well as financial resources to support producers and value chain actors across the world to operate the necessary transformations. Despite the proven huge potential of agrifood systems in the fight against climate change, it is reported how availability and access to climate finance at both farm and country levels remains largely insufficient. The Food and Agriculture for Sustainable Transformation Initiative (FAST), launched at COP27 by the Egyptian COP Presidency, aims at addressing this pressing need and implement concrete actions that would result in improving the quantity and quality of climate finance contributions to transform agriculture and food systems by 2030. During this expert panel, speakers will provide concrete examples of actions both at farm and country level that can support adaptation in the agrifood systems and maintain a 1.5-degree pathway whilst supporting food and economic security, with a focus on FAST’s three pillars, namely access to climate finance, knowledge and capacity, and policy supports and dialogue.
Honors and awards
• Receives the Crans Montana Forum Prix de la Fondation
• The Government of Brazil bestows the honorific Order of Rio Branco
• The Universidade Aberta in Lisbon confers the Honoris Causa doctorate for her work in global sustainable development
• Named “Woman of the Year” at the commemoration of the 2018 Women Diplomats Day in Portugal
• Receives the Order of Niger for her distinguished service to the field of agriculture
Nation. Iride previously worked in the Strategy and Policy Unit of the World Bank, Agriculture and Rural Development Department in Washington DC. She started her career at the UN World Food Program about 15 years ago. Iride holds an MA from SAIS Johns Hopkins University in International Economics.
1979 – 1986 University of Hamburg – Biology
(Applied Botany, Microbiology, Entomology)
1986 – 1990 PhD in Biology at the University of Hamburg, external work in the Biological Research Center for Agriculture and Forestry (Plant Protection)
1990 – today Ministry of Food and Agriculture
1990 – 2016 – Division Plant Protection / Integrated Pest Management (Officer, Government Director)
Since 2017 – Division Sustainability and Climate Change (Officer, Government Director)
Since 2022 – Head of the Division on Sustainability and
– Head of the Division on Climate Change and Water