ICA President, Dame Pauline Green, delivers The Rabobank Duisenberg Lecture to a gathering of international financiers including the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in Tokyo, Japan on Sunday 14 October.
Focusing on the co-operative model as a solution to food scarcity and food security, her lecture looked at the contribution that the co-operative movement is currently making to the global economy, outlines the capacity it has to do more, and concludes with the steps that are needed to help deliver on the reconstruction of a more sustainable, fairer and better balanced global economy.
The lunch meeting for 170 guests was organised and sponsored by Rabobank in memory of Wim Duisenberg, the first Governor of the European Central Bank and a prominent Dutch economist and was the 9th Duisenberg Lecture. Rabobank issued an in-depth study on the same issue to coincide with the speech.
The key messages from the event emphasised the real need to develop a grass roots agricultural co-operative economy in sub Saharan Africa if we are to deal with the key issue of food scarcity by 2050 and allow any benefits of increasing trade and prosperity in Africa to be enjoyed by the African people rather than by the shareholders of remote multinational businesses or predator states.
Pictured: Piet Moerland – President of Rabobank presenting the first copy of the Rabobank study to ICA President Dame Pauline Green.
Read the full Rabobank Duisenberg Lecture here.