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Source: Solutions From the Land news release

California farmer A.G. Kawamura has always wanted to be involved in bringing an end to hunger. He started in his own backyard, with Orange County Produce, which delivers fresh fruits and vegetables directly to his local food bank, as well as more traditional venues including grocery stores and farmers markets. Now the former California Secretary of Agriculture and founding co-chair of Solutions from the Land (SfL) will take on an international role, as co-chair of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)'s Farmers Major Group.

The UNEP, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, is the leading global authority on the environment. Its mission is to inspire, inform, and enable nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. Solutions from the Land joined the UNEP as an official observer in June 2022, opening doors for it to participate in international events and conversations on climate change, nature and biodiversity loss, and pollution.

As co-chair of the UNEP's Farmers Group, a constituency of global farm nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) engaged by the UNEP, Kawamura will advocate for farmer-centered policy and discussion and share examples from the field of farmers, ranchers, foresters and fishermen improving their environment and economics while delivering food, fiber and fuel.

"The voices of producers seem to be lost within the policy world," Kawamura says. "That's why Solutions from the Land stays involved. That's why I like to be engaged. We believe the voice of the farmer, the rancher, the fisherman, the forester must be heard, especially when we start talking about these big policy areas. We need to show policymakers what's possible."

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