All Things Chemical® Podcast

January 6, 2022
The Delicate Balance between Food and Climate — A Conversation with Katherine Meighan of IFAD

This week I was delighted to sit down with Katherine Meighan, Associate Vice-President and General Counsel of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a United Nations agency headquartered in Rome, Italy. We spoke with Katie in the summer of 2019, after an International Bar Association (IBA) webinar on sustainable investment in agriculture I helped organize in my role as Vice Chair of the IBA Agricultural Law Section. I was so impressed with Katie’s work, we decided to do a podcast shortly thereafter. Since then, much has changed, and IFAD’s role in eradicating poverty and hunger by investing in the rural poor has intensified greatly over the past two years. As the world now looks past the major climate conference that just wrapped up in Glasgow, there has been discussion about the inherent dilemma/contradiction between greening the planet/decreasing emissions and the need to feed people and support their livelihoods across a diverse range of populations. Katie discusses the delicate balance between food and climate, and the essential the role IFAD plays in addressing this challenge.

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