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

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Policy kick-start

At the same time, global and national policies need to increase the focus on sustainable agriculture and continue the momentum that has built on food security in order to kick-start a transformation of the whole food system. "Agriculture and food security tend to fall between the cracks of global policy making," explained the Kenyan Commissioner Professor Judi Wakhungu, Executive Director of the African Center for Technology Studies (ACTS). The Commission points out the need for higher importance of agriculture in discussions concerning the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and at the Rio+20 Earth Summit to be held in Brazil in June 2012.

Commissioners stress the need for multiyear commitments of financial and technical assistance to help agricultural producers build resilience to climate variability and improve their livelihoods, while contributing to climate change mitigation. Commissioner Dr Nguyen Van Bo, President of the Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Science said, "Policies and finance streams must engage and empower poor rural farmers to improve yields and incomes on existing land bases without new environmental impacts."

The Commission's final report, upon which the recommendations are based, will be released early in 2012. The Commission will share its recommendations at the upcoming Agriculture and Rural Development Day in Durban, South Africa and other policy forums throughout 2012.

The full list of commissioners, the summary document, and additional background, facts, images, and other materials can be found at http://ccafs.cgiar.org/commission

The Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change is identifying what policy changes and actions are needed now to help the world achieve sustainable agriculture that contributes to food security and poverty reduction, and helps respond to climate change adapt
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