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Global commission charts pathway for achieving food security in face of climate change
Date:11/16/2011

and floods, and will particularly harm those people who already live on the brink of hunger and malnutrition," said Commissioner Professor Tekalign Mamo, Advisor to the Ethiopian Minister of Agriculture. "Food insecurity produces widespread human suffering, even in the world's wealthiest countries, as well as political and economic instability, so it is clear the status quo is not an option."

Investment, innovation and empowerment

The Commission reviewed the scientific evidence base to develop a package of solutions that address how food is produced, distributed and consumed. Their recommendations support climate-resilient agricultural production, efficient resource use, low-waste supply chains, adequate nutrition and healthy eating choices that, together, will constitute a sustainable food system.

The "Summary for Policy Makers" presents concrete, urgent actions to be implemented simultaneously by a constellation of governments, international institutions, investors, agricultural producers, consumers, food companies and researchers. Recommended tactics range from shifting economic incentives and making 'fast start' funds available for agriculture to strengthening land rights and building transparency in food markets.

"There is no one-size-fits-all solution," said Commission Vice-Chair Dr Mohammed Asaduzzaman, Research Director at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies, "but we know that success depends on a combination of investment, innovation and deliberate effort to empower the world's most vulnerable populations." The Commissioners called for significantly raising the level of global investment in sustainable agriculture and food systems in the next decade.

Efficiency throughout food supply chains

"Our global system wastes food, reducing efficiency in agricultural productivity," according to the Australian Commissioner Dr Megan Clark, Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Sc
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