The Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change has reviewed the scientific evidence to identify a pathway to achieving food security in the context of climate change. Food systems must shift to better meet human needs and, in the long term, balance with planetary resources. This will demand major interventions, at local to global scales, to transform current patterns of food production, distribution and consumption. Investment, innovation, and deliberate effort to empower the world's most vulnerable populations will be required to construct a global food system that adapts to climate change and ensures food security while minimizing greenhouse gas emissions and sustaining our natural resource base.
Guyomard H, Darcy-Vrillon B, Esnouf C, Marin M, Momot A, Russel M, Guillou M. 2012. Eating patterns and food systems: critical knowledge requirements for policy design and implementation. Paris: INRA. In preparation for Agriculture and Food Security.
Food price volatility and hunger alleviation - can Cannes work?
At the Cannes Summit in November 2011, the G20 leaders agreed to implement five objectives aiming to mitigate food price volatility and protect vulnerable persons. To succeed, the global community must now translate these high level policy objectives into practical actions. In this paper, we describe challenges and unresolved dilemmas before the global community in implementing these five objectives.
Citation: Hajkowicz S, Negra C, Barnett P, Clark M, Harch B and Keating B. 2012. Food price volatility and hunger alleviation - can Cannes work? Agriculture & Food Security, 1:8. DOI: 10.1186/2048-7010-1-8 (open access)
What Next for Agriculture After Durban?
A group of international agricultural experts, including many members of the Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change, have outlined a Food Security-Climate Change Road Map in Science. Read the press release for more details.
Citation: Beddington JR, Asaduzzaman M, Clark ME, Fernández Bremauntz A, Guillou MD, Howlett DJB, Jahn MM, Lin E, Mamo T, Negra C, Nobre CA, Scholes RJ, Van Bo N, Wakhungu J. 2012. What Next for Agriculture After Durban? Science VOL 335, 20 January 2012. DOI: 10.1126/science.1217941 (subscription required)
The role for scientists in tackling food insecurity and climate change
To adapt to climate change and ensure food security, major interventions are required to transform current patterns and practices of food production, distribution and consumption. The scientific community has an essential role to play in informing concurrent, strategic investments to establish climate-resilient agricultural production systems, minimize greenhouse gas emissions, make efficient use of resources, develop low-waste supply chains, ensure adequate nutrition, encourage healthy eating choices and develop a global knowledge system for sustainability.
Citation: Beddington JR, Asaduzzaman M, Clark ME, Fernández Bremauntz A, Guillou MD, Jahn MM, Lin E, Mamo T, Negra C, Nobre CA, Scholes RJ, Sharma R, Van Bo N, Wakhungu J. 2012. The role for scientists in tackling food insecurity and climate change. Agriculture and Food Security, 1:10 DOI:10.1186/2048-7010-1-10 (open access)