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

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

Photo: N. Palmer (CIAT)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 7:

  • Sustain and increase investment in regular monitoring, on the ground and by public domain remote sensing networks, to track changes in land use, food production, climate, the environment, human health and well-being worldwide.
  •  Support improved transparency and access to information in global food markets and invest in interlinked information systems with common protocols that build on existing institutions.
  • Develop, validate and implement spatially explicit data and decision-support systems that integrate biophysical and socioeconomic information and that enable policy makers to navigate trade-offs among agricultural intensification, nutritional security and environmental consequences.

Only by implementing real changes across the global food system will we be able to achieve food security and a stable climate for the long term. This will require a break from business as usual and a significant shared commitment by policy makers, investors, agricultural producers, consumers, food companies and researchers.

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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