At World Economic Forum President Alvarado advocates balance between environment and food production

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Changing the way in which we produce food, promoting innovative and cleaner technologies for a better use of water and the use of cleaner and more environmentally friendly agrochemicals, were some of the points that the President of the Republic, Carlos Alvarado, emphasised in his participation in the 51st edition of the World Economic Forum.

He was part of the panel in the session “Transforming Food Systems and Land Use”, moderated by CNBC’s Steve Sedgwick, which focused on discussing how to scale up inclusive action to transform our food systems, improve farmers’ livelihoods and restore nature, hand in hand with the sustainable agenda.

In his participation in this forum, President Alvarado highlighted leadership as a key element in making a change in the way we look at food production.


“As in any complicated situation, we have opportunities and risks. We need that leadership to see those opportunities and act with courage. We have to balance the environment and food production,” he said. He said this is the spirit of the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People initiative, which aims to conserve 30 per cent of land and sea by 2030, halt the massive loss of species and protect key ecosystems for human and nature’s well-being.

He indicated that the challenges faced are related to different levels of governance: local, national and multilateral, and involve countries, companies, producers and local communities, and must be addressed through leadership.

The panel featured Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations; Dongyu Qu, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO); Wiebe Draijer, CEO of Managing Board, Rabobank Group; Ramon Laguarta, CEO PepsiCo Inc, and Agnes Kalibata, Special Envoy for the UN Food Systems Summit.

World Economic Forum

This forum features major global leaders, heads of state and government, business CEOs, civil society representatives, global media and young leaders from around the world, and was traditionally held in Davos, but this edition takes place in a virtual format.

The event, convened by the Forum’s executive chairman, Professor Klaus Schwab, focused this year on how to achieve economic recovery after the health crisis caused by COVID19.

The pandemic crisis has presented major threats and challenges to the global economy and has shown that, to address these economic, social, environmental and technological challenges, it is necessary to work together to find global solutions. The Davos Forum, as it is popularly known, has focused its discussions on how it is time to rebuild the world into a more inclusive, cohesive, resilient and sustainable one.

Throughout the week, around 1,500 people are expected to participate virtually in the meeting to discuss post-COVID19 actions, economic recovery initiatives and proposals to address climate change, where Costa Rica has much to contribute to our country’s vision of sustainability.

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