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Experts Identify New Approach to Tackling Food Insecurity, Climate Change

November 20, 2013

Global experts made a plea to change the way the world tackles food insecurity, climate change, poverty and water scarcity during the Conference of the Parties 19 (COP19) in Warsaw, Poland. The UN climate negotiators who attended the Conference were also warned not to risk "turning their backs on some of the most vulnerable and poorest people in this world".

Experts called for a "landscape approach" to rural development, hailed as a way to bring together the agricultural, forestry, energy and fisheries sectors. This approach is expected to come up with collaborative and innovative solutions to ease increasing pressure on the world's resources, which are threatened by climate change.

Rachel Kyte, World Bank Vice President for Sustainable Development, told participants at the COP19's Global Landscapes Forum, that science has advanced far enough that the world has the necessary technical capacity to quantify and visualize the connections between human activities and the environment. Referring to a breakdown in talks on agriculture this past week in Warsaw, she added that "these negotiations run the risk of turning their backs on some of the most vulnerable and poorest people in this world and that will not build a climate negotiation that works."

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