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

ientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). For example, roughly one-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted across the global food system. In addition, land clearing and inefficient use of fertilizers and organic residues make agriculture the single largest contributor to greenhouse gas pollution on the planet. "Investments to increase efficiencies in agriculture and supply chains while also mitigating greenhouse gas emissions are critical for economic and environmental health and will realise important benefits to the global food system," she said.

"An estimated 12 million hectares of agricultural land and their potential for producing 20 million tonnes of grain are lost each year to land degradation," explained Commissioner Professor Lin Erda, Director of the Research Centre of Agriculture and Climate Change at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences. "At the same time, many regions have large gaps between potential and actual crop yields."

The Commission notes the importance of sustainably intensifying agricultural production on existing land including improving supporting infrastructure and restoring degraded ecosystems while reducing greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture. "Sustainable intensification is essential," said South African Commissioner Professor Bob Scholes of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), "and will be most successful at reducing greenhouse gas emissions if we improve land tenure and have strong land-use planning in place to protect forests, wetlands and other critical remaining natural ecosystems."

Supporting the most vulnerable

A large section of the human population is highly vulnerable to extreme weather events and food price volatility. Severe food insecurity can lead to humanitarian crises such as the current situation in the Horn of Africa. Specific recommendations to assist vulnerable populations include insurance against c
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