Crop Biotech Update

World Scientists Tackle Food Insecurity Amidst Climate Change

March 30, 2012

The final report of the Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change was launched during the Planet Under Pressure Conference in London on March 27. The Report,  Achieving Food Security in the Face of Climate Change, offers actions to transform the food system to achieve food security in the face of climate change.

The Commission, chaired by Sir John Beddington, is composed of scientific leaders from 13 countries. They reviewed major components and drivers of the global food system including changing diet patterns; link between poverty, natural resource degradation and low crop yields; inefficiencies in food supply chains; gaps in agricultural investment; and patterns of globalized food trade, food production subsidies and food price volatility. It was concluded that humanity's collective choices must be revisited in order to meet food needs and stabilize global climate.

The seven recommendations outlined by the Commission to be implemented by governments, international institutions, investors, agricultural producers, consumers, food companies, and researchers are the following:

  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
A short video entitled How to feed the world in 2050: actions in a changing climate was also launched during the event. More details are available at http://ccafs.cgiar.org/commission, including the Commission's final report and key background studies.