Mpule K. Kwelagobe

Mpule K. Kwelagobe

Chief Executive Officer, MPULE Institute for Endogenous Development, USA

Mpule K. Kwelagobe is the founder of the MPULE Institute for Endogenous Development, an African advocacy and public policy institute that champions gender equality, youth empower-ment, inclusive growth and sustainable development in Africa. She serves as President and CEO of the MPULE Foundation, a US$100 Million fund she established to address the nexus of Agriculture, Food Security, Nutrition, Health and Human Development in Africa. The MPULE Foundation was officially launched by Nelson Mandela in November 2000. Mpule was selected by the World Economic Forum as both a Global Leader for Tomorrow (2003) and a Young Glob-al Leader (2006), and appointed as the United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Youth and HIV/AIDS in 2000. She has testified before the United States Congress, and addressed the United Nations General Assembly, World Summit on Sustainable Development, World Food Prize, Commonwealth Youth Ministers Summit, UN Least Developed Countries Conference, African Leadership Forum, Clinton Global Initiative and the World Youth Summit, and appeared on CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX. In 1999, Mpule Kwelagobe became the first women to repre-sent Botswana at the Miss Universe pageant, and she won, becoming the first African woman to be crowned Miss Universe. Mpule holds a degree in International Political economy from Co-lumbia University; she is a member of the international advisory board of the Agriculture and Food Security Center at the Earth Institute at Columbia University. She is the recipient of the Global Lion Award from the Lions Club International, and holds Freedom of the City keys to Gaborone (Botswana), Port of Spain (Trinidad) and Asuncion (Paraguay). She was awarded the Human Health Rights Award by the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care for her leadership in spearheading innovative health interventions that impacted over 500,000 people.

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Session Details

Speaker at: The Role of Good Agricultural Practices in Supporting Food Security for Future Generations: Introducing the Declaration of Abu Dhabi
Date & Time: Tuesday, 28 October, 9-10:30 a.m.
Location: Plenary/Mezzoon Ballroom

Speaker at: Parallel Session
Date & Time: Tuesday, 28 October, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Location: tba

Session Description

The Role of Good Agricultural Practices in Supporting Food Security for Future Generations: Introducing the Declaration of Abu Dhabi

Introducing the Declaration of Abu Dhabi for Global Food Security through Good Agricultural Practices: The joint initiative launched by the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform, the International Trade Centre (ITC), and GLOBALG.A.P.

Helping farmers grow farms for their grandchildren: How can G.A.P. support food security for future generations?

Feeding 9.6 billion people in 2050 is one of the biggest challenges facing all of humanity today. How can Good Agricultural Practices help secure food supplies today and in the future? What if every farm on earth followed a single harmonized basic set of G.A.P. criteria to apply safe and sustainable practices? Would this ensure the sustainability of farms and farming for generations to come?

Parallel Session “The Role of Women”

An average, women comprise 43 percent of the agricultural labor force in developing countries. The figures range from around 20 percent in Latin America to 50 percent in parts of Africa and Asia, exceeding 60 percent in a few countries. In most developing country regions, women who are employed are just as likely, or even more likely, than men to be in agriculture. Almost 70 percent of employed women in Southern Asia and more than 60 percent of employed women in sub-Saharan Africa work in agriculture.