Barbara Schreiner’s appointment to HLPE
The United Nations Committee on World Food Security has announced the appointment of a High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE), a Project Team for the report on Water and Food Security. Ms Barbara Schreiner, the Chairperson of the Water Research Commission (WRC) Board, was amongst the 6 experts appointed for this mammoth task.
The appointment follows an announcement made by the committee in its 40th session wherein it requested the HLPE to prepare a report on Water and Food Security for its 42nd session in 2015.
These experts will also focus their attention on the sustainability of irrigation systems, the salinization of agricultural land and reduction of the quality of groundwater. The panel will also give appropriate recommendations on food security policies and coordinate the participation of actors in different fields, at all levels and with a long-term perspective.
Barbara Schreiner will bring in her expertise drawn from participating in various positions in the South African water sector. She spent 12 years working for the Department of Water Affairs as Deputy Director- General for Policy and Regulation. Her contribution in the water sector has largely been on policy implementation, transboundary water management, and gender, poverty and development.