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Integrate food security and sustainable agriculture into global and national policies

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

Photo: P. CasierThe 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 1:

  • Establish a work programme on mitigation and adaptation in agriculture in accordance with the principles and provisions of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), based on Article 2, as a first step to inclusion of agriculture in the mainstream of international climate change policy.
  • Make sustainable, climate-friendly agriculture central to Green Growth1 and the Rio+20 Earth Summit2.
  • Finance 'early action' to drive change in agricultural production systems towards increasing resilience to weather variability and shocks, while contributing significantly to mitigating climate change. This includes supporting national climate risk assessments, developing mitigation and adaptation strategies, and programme implementation.
  • Develop common platforms at global, regional and national levels for coherent dialogue and policy action related to climate change, agriculture, crisis response and food security, at global, regional and national levels. These include fostering country-level coalitions for food security and building resilience, particularly in countries most vulnerable to climate shocks.


1   Green Growth is a policy focus that emphasizes environmentally sustainable economic progress to foster low-carbon, socially inclusive development.
2   Rio+20, United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 4-6, 2012.

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#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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Final Report

Achieving Food Security in the Face of Climate Change (4.5 MB PDF)

Summary for Policy Makers