Reports

Achieving Food Security in the Face of Climate Change

Summary for Policy Makers in English (PDF)

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.

Final Report (March 2012)

Final Report from the Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change

Summary for Policy Makers (November 2011)

English

Achieving Food Security in the Face of Climate Change: Summary for policy makers from the Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change

Francais

Atteindre la sécurité alimentaire dans le contexte du changement climatique: Résumé de la Commission sur l'Agriculture Durable et le Changement Climatique à l'attention des décideurs politiques

Espanol

Lograr la seguridad alimentaria ante el cambio climático: Resumen para responsables de la política de la Comisión sobre la Agricultura Sostenible y el Cambio Climático

Português

Alcançar segurança alimentar face às mudanças climáticas: Resumo para decisores políticos da Comissão para Agricultura Sustentável e Mudanças Climáticas

Background Studies

Evidence from Major Assessment Reports on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change
 

Journal Articles

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 implementationAgriculture and Food Security. DOI: 10.1186/2048-7010-1-13

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)