The third Global Green Growth Forum (3GF), took place in Copenhagen, Denmark on 21-22 October, focusing on the theme of 'Improving Resource Efficiency in Global Value Chains' - a topic familiar from Yara's stimulation and involvement in Agricultural Growth Corridors.
The beautiful Danish capital welcomed a range of participants at 3GF’s event in Copenhagen. Prominent and significant leaders from both organizations, governments and businesses were attending the two-day conference, such as UN’s Ban-Ki Moon, Danish EU Commissioner Connie Hedegaard, James Leape, Director General of the WWF and Paul Polman, the CEO of Unilever.
Yara was represented by Egil Hogna, Head of Yara’s Downstream segment, bringing Yara's experience with Public-Private Partnerships to this international collaboration for inclusive green growth. Egil Hogna spoke at the plenary session on 'Sustainable food production: Doing more and better with less.'
"Transformation takes time - but is on-going," Hogna argued, and provided examples such as the World Economic Forum's New Vision for Agriculture and the Grow Africa Partnership as just some instances of agriculture's progress.
"Yara as a company is investing in infrastructure and capacity. Through specific partnerships such as the Agricultural Growth Corridor in Tanzania - SAGCOT - we gain experience and see concrete steps being taken," Hogna told the plenary session.
"Part of the challenge lies in the multitude of goals that we pursue through agriculture - alleviating rural poverty, providing access to nutritious food for all, and coping with the effects of environmental degradation and global warming," he added.
New ways of promoting green growth
The 3GF, founded by the Danish Government in cooperation with China, Kenya, Mexico, Qatar and South Korea, convenes governments, businesses, investors and international organizations to explore new ways of promoting green growth, by connecting these groups at an annual summit meeting.
The 3GF's belief that global value chains and public-private partnerships are key transformative institutional innovations is an obvious match with Yara's efforts in this area, and the platform provides a good fit with the Creating Impact strategy of seeking opportunity through tackling major global challenges.
"Agriculture holds great promise to deliver solutions for a wide range of interconnected issues - being of great relevance to resource scarcity - not least on water - global warming, rural poverty, food insecurity and nutrition," Hogna concluded, as he called for extra commitment and leadership from those present.
Egil Hogna was also one of a handful invited to a working lunch with Denmark's Foreign Minister Villy Søvndal, to discuss how resource scarcity is being factored in to long-term business strategies.
"For Yara, it is important to be a clear private sector voice suggesting constructive solutions to challenges facing us all. Being part of the solution will not only contribute to society but also bring business opportunities down the road," Hogna said.