Participants drive the success of any role-playing exercise, and Food Chain Reaction will be no exception. To model real-world situations and global reaction as accurately as possible, we’ve brought together high-level decision makers from all over the world, representing nations, international institutions, and the private sector. This group will collaborate, negotiate, make decisions, and confront tradeoffs while dealing with a chain reaction of consequences resulting from their actions.
Our player profile series showcases some of the many participants who have generously given their time, energy, and enthusiasm to helping make Food Chain Reaction a success.
Q & A with Alexandre Meira da Rosa, Inter-American Development Bank
Why is food security important to you and your organization?
The answer is two-fold. First, the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region has shown improvement in food security indicators. However, there are still over 50 million people suffering from undernourishment and some of the poorest countries in the region show undernourishment levels similar to Sub-Saharan countries. Second, the region plays a key role in world food security given its importance as a food exporter. In 2011, the LAC region produced over 50% of the world’s soybean exports, over 40% of beef, chicken and sugar exports, and a third of corn exports. As food demand is expected to double by 2050, the LAC region will play a key role in meeting this increasing need.
If you could do one thing to create a more food secure future what would it be?
Food insecurity is a multi-dimensional problem which can be addressed through a variety of policies and programs. As a first line of action, efforts should concentrate on increasing food access for the most vulnerable populations in the region through productive activities and social protection programs. For instance: (i) cost-effective mechanisms to stimulate the adoption of sustainable agricultural technologies appropriate for smallholders and (ii) targeted social protection programs for the most vulnerable, with an emphasis on women. These types of interventions seek to increase incomes and thus food purchasing capacity.
What do you hope to achieve through Food Chain Reaction?
A stronger and more productive partnership between private and public sectors to design and implement policy actions that help improve the food security of the most vulnerable populations in the world. At the same time, I hope we raise awareness of the food security challenges the world is facing and will face in the near future.
Alexandre Meira da Rosa, a Brazilian citizen, was appointed Vice President for Countries at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in July 2014. Previously he served as Manager of the IDB’s Infrastructure and Environment Sector. During the last decade before joining the IDB, Mr. Rosa held several positions in Brazil’s Federal Government.
Mr. Rosa has a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, a Master’s degree in Economics from the New School for Social Research in New York and a Graduate Certificate in Finance from the University of California, Berkeley.