Today is Agriculture & Rural Development Day, with a keen focus on the happenings over at Rio+20. The day will feature keynote speakers, a high-level panel discussion, and 13 participatory “learning events” – giving voice to a wide cross section of stakeholders. The learning events will explore concrete cases of success, which, if scaled out through greater investment, could translate into a thorough transformation of the global food system. The afternoon will showcase science innovations for a food-secure future.
A combination of scientific research and on-the-ground innovation has demonstrated the real and potential success of many technologies and methods. To build on their success requires an integrated landscape approach that improves agricultural productivity and rural livelihoods, while also addressing threats to forests, water, and biodiversity.
We’ve been reading & engaging in a fair few conversations about the future of the food system as of late, and looking into recent reports about Agroecology farming methods, the merits of smallholding agriculture, and generally thinking about how new models of food distribution can help bring about a food system which works for people & planet, rather than simply short term economics.
Agriculture Day is highlighting the need for Rio+20 to address global agriculture as a system with the potential for major impact on future sustainability. They highlight Agriculture as Our Common Future.
Here’s a 7 point taster of the #Rio4Ag Alliance’s focus for the Learning Events:
- Global and national policies
- Global investments
- Sustainable intensification
- Reduce vulnerability
- Reshape food access and diets
- Reduce loss and waste in food systems
- Create integrated information systems