Boulder speech at FAO
Boulder President and Founder Robert Christen Delivered Keynote Address at FAO’s 41st Session of the Committee on Food Security/World Food Day Joint Event
At this exploratory session titled “Financial Inclusion for Food Security”, Mr. Christen joined development leaders including FAO Director General Jose Graziano da Silva and HM Queen Maxima of the Netherlands to discuss insights on the impact of financial inclusion on food security and rural poverty reduction.
A majority of the extreme poor are smallholder farmers, who typically have the most limited access to formal financial services including savings, insurance and credit that can help them reach their life goals. Providing these types of services tailored to the distinct needs of farmers has the potential to reduce their vulnerability when unplanned events occur and therefore increase their productivity as well as access to food for their community.
We are excited that Mr. Christen had this opportunity to present to the Committee on Food Security his views and knowledge on how agricultural microfinance can have a significant impact on food security and the livelihood of the world’s poorest families.