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A fisherman throws a net in the River Tista in Bangladesh

A fisherman fishes in the River Tista in Panjarbhanga, Bangladesh. (Image courtesy FAO/Mohammad Rakibul Hasan)

University of Michigan
Small-scale fisheries are critically important to communities around from the world, from Alaska to Senegal, but they don't receive attention on a global level.

Mario Arvelo, Committee on World Food Security Chair, speaks at the introductory session to kick off day one of CFS 46. (Dan Reed/PlanetForward.org)

Planet Forward Correspondent | SUNY-ESF
The cool thing about traveling with people you don’t know is the opportunity to figure out who you really are, or at least who you want to be. You can realign with your beliefs and opinions about whatever is going on in the world.

The First Lady of Colombia, María Juliana Ruiz Sandoval (third from left), and director of nutrition at the World Food Programme, Lauren Landis (second from the right), are panelists for the session "Innovation and Agroecology: A Path to Sustainability" at CFS 46. (Kim Ossi/PlanetForward.org)

Planet Forward Correspondent | University of Mississippi
Technology has touched every sector and aspect of humankind and the food sector is no different. The digital invasion in the agricultural industry is underway. However, these “intruders” are bringing positive changes.

Planet Forward storytellers at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy, from left: Matilda Kreider, George Washington University; Marisa Umeh, University of California-Berkeley; Lindsay Eberhart, SUNY-ESF; and Rohan Agrawal, University of Mississippi. (Dan Reed/PlanetForward.org)

Planet Forward
Editor's note: This series is generously sponsored by the UN-FAO. All editorial content is created independently.  The 46th annual Committee on World Food Security (CFS) conference brought together leaders from around the world, working toward a... Read More
Matilda Kreider next to FAO sign

Matilda Kreider in the entrance hall to the Committee on World Food Security Conference at FAO headquarters in Rome. (Marisa Umeh/UC-Berkeley)

University of Michigan
At the end of our time in Rome, I spent a day exploring the ancient city of Pompeii. Just as Pompeii experienced a catastrophic environmental event in 79 A.D., we in 2019 are facing down climate change on a global scale.

Marisa Umeh attends a session during the Committee on World Food Security Conference in October 2019 at the UN-FAO in Rome. (Kim Ossi/PlanetForward.org)

University of California, Berkeley
I found it comforting to know that in a highly polarized political climate, countries are willing to put aside their differences to ensure that the most vulnerable in their society are able to thrive.

Lindsay Eberhart listens to panelists during a youth-centered session on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. (Kim Ossi/PlanetForward.org)

Planet Forward Correspondent | SUNY-ESF
When I entered the headquarters of the FAO on Monday morning, I knew the week ahead would include breakthroughs and realizations — not only for myself, but for the world. 

Rohan Agrawal at the Committee on World Food Security Conference in October 2019. (Dan Reed/PlanetForward.org)

Planet Forward Correspondent | University of Mississippi
I had impatiently waited to attend the Committee on World Food Security for the past four months. Little did I know that I was about to step inside a place that would dramatically change my perspective on global issues.
Alwin Kopse, Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture

Alwin Kopse, of the Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture, speaks at the Committee on World Food Security 45 side event titled, "Agriculture is not cool? Think again. Closing the generation gap."

Planet Forward Senior Correspondent | University of Mississippi
In the final part of our four-part series, A Zero Hunger Future, University of Mississippi student Terrius Harris looks at the truth about youth involvement in agriculture — and how we might encourage more young people to join the industry.

On screen, Mario Arvelo, Chair of the Committee on World Food Security, makes his opening statement at the Committee on World Food Security Conference in October 2018. (Planet Forward)

George Washington University
For part three of our series, A Zero Hunger Future, GW student Arianna Dunham reports hunger has been on the rise since 2014, but the U.N. hopes to end world hunger by 2030. How do global leaders plan to reverse the trend?

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