The 2015 finishing line of Millennium Development Goals race is around the corner. Targets set under goal number one – eradicating hunger and extreme poverty – are within reach. Progresses however have been uneven and contradictory. While the growth of Asian powerhouses has almost halved the number of persons living with less than a dollar a day, nearly two-thirds of the world’s chronically hungry people still live in the region. In Africa the number of people living in extreme poverty fell – showing a reverse in the long-term trend – but a wide part of the continent still lags behind. The developed countries’ commitment has also brought mixed results.
What successful experiences can be used as models? What are the limits of poverty reduction strategies? Have any innovative partnerships between NGOs, private sector, Governments and International organizations emerged since 2000? What is the way forward beyond 2015?
Moderator: Mario Lubetkin, IPS Director General
Fernanda Guerrieri, FAO Assistant DG on behalf of FAO DG José Graziano da Silva
Omar Peres, President IPSTV