Food and Agriculture
Organization

"The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. 
Our goal is to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. With over 194 member states, FAO works in over 130 countries worldwide. We believe that everyone can play a part in ending hunger."

- cf.: Website of the FAO, http://www.fao.org/about/en/

Topic 1

Improving digital agriculture to decrease food related migration

Under the framework of this topic we will discuss two current issues on the international agenda: migration and sustainability. The past years many regions have experienced an increase in migration due to poorly managed agricultural technology. Both farmers and local communities are obligated to migrate once they depleted their environmental recourses. Also multinationals tend to produce in unsustainable ways, resulting in them just moving from one piece of ground to another. A great example of this are soy plantations in the rainforest. Therefore we will try to find innovative ways to cooperate with each other to enforce a more sustainable way of agriculture.

Topic 2

Beyond Biodiversity: Crop Wild Relatives in Global Policy and Agricultural Research

While the title of this topic and particularly the term ‘Crop Wild Relative’ (CWR) may seem a bit complex, it can be explained as simple as being the ‘maverick brother’ of its cultivated counterpart. Oftentimes these CWRs have a very identical DNA structure; the only difference finds itself in the environment these crops grow in. CWRs grow in wild and uncultivated lands often making them better suited to fight off diseases and plagues. By using these CWRs in our modification of cultivated crops: biodiversity, food security and global warming are all affected, for the better. However, a broad and multilateral approach is needed to make a lasting impact. At this year’s meeting of the FAO, we will take a look at past, present and future uses and preservations of CWRs, so a real change can be made for the world of tomorrow.

COUNTRY MATRIX

- Brazil

- Burkina Faso

- China

- Ethiopia

- India

- Iran

- Mexico

- Morocco

- South Africa

- South Sudan

- Spain

- The European Union

- The Philippines

- Turkey

- United States

The grey colored countries are already allocated and cannot be chosen anymore.

Emily Reyes

I am a 24 year old student in Political Sciences from Antwerp but currently living and studying in Leuven, Belgium.

I have already MUN’ed in two different continents and several European countries. I am part of the MUN society KU Leuven MUN (KULMUN).

Besides my academic background, I have a passion for climbing and love recreational ice skating, running etc. Furthermore, I love to explore music especially rock, jazz, techno, hip hop and much more.

Be warned for my obsession about cats.

Manon Duymelinck

My name is Manon and I am 20 years old. I am currently doing a Bachelor of Laws at the KU Leuven (Belgium).

I am speaking three languages - Dutch, English and French.

I got into mun’ing via the MUN organisation of my university, KULMUN. What I love about mun’ing? The perfect combo of work hard, play hard — you always feel like u’ve had an amazing and fun time while also feeling like you’ve contributed to something.

In my free time I like swimming, working out, reading, writing and going out for drinks with friends

THE FAO CHAIRS

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