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Develop specific programmes and policies to assist populations and sectors that are most vulnerable to climate changes and food insecurity

#4: Develop specific programmes and policies to assist populations and sectors that are most vulnerable to climate changes and food insecurity

Photo: S. Mann (ILRI)The Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change proposes the following evidence-based actions to achieve food security in the face of climate change. By taking these steps we can deliver long-term benefits to communities in all countries.

Recommendation 4:

  • Develop funds that respond to climate shocks, such as 'index-linked funds ' that provide rapid relief when extreme weather events affect communities, through public-private partnerships based on agreed principles.
  • Moderate excessive food price fluctuations by sharing country information on production forecasts and stocks, strengthening market databases, promoting open and responsive trade systems, establishing early warning systems and allowing tax-free export and import for humanitarian assistance. This includes embedding safeguards related to import surges and trade distortions in trade agreements.
  • Create and support safety nets and other programmes to help vulnerable populations in all countries become food secure (for example, cash and in-kind transfers, employment guarantee schemes, programmes to build resilience, health and nutrition, delivery of education and seeds of quick growing foods in times of famine).
  • Establish robust emergency food reserves and financing capacity that can deliver rapid humanitarian responses to vulnerable populations threatened by food crises.
  • Create and support platforms for harmonizing and coordinating global donor programmes, policies and activities, paying particular attention to systematically integrating climate change risk management, adaptation and mitigation co-benefits, and improved local nutritional outcomes.

More recommendations

#1: Integrate food security and sustainable agriculture into global and national policies

#2: Significantly raise the level of global investment in sustainable agriculture and food systems in the next decade

#3: Sustainably intensify agricultural production while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other negative environmental impacts of agriculture

#4: Develop specific programmes and policies to assist populations and sectors that are most vulnerable to climate changes and food insecurity

#5: Reshape food access and consumption patterns to ensure basic nutritional needs are met and to foster healthy and sustainable eating patterns worldwide

#6: Reduce loss and waste in food systems, targeting infrastructure, farming practices, processing, distribution and household habits

#7: Create comprehensive, shared, integrated information systems that encompass human and ecological dimensions

 

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