Information
  • Lead-organizer: Israel
  • 11:00 - 12:30
  • Date: 22 Jun 2012
  • Room: T-5

Using Green Agriculture to Stimulate Economic Growth, Attain Food Security (Kenya, Canada, US, Germany, Panama)

Organizing partners

Israel
USA
Kenya
Canada
Germany
Panama

Introduction

TITLE - Using Green Agriculture to Stimulate Economic Growth, Attain Food Security and Eradicate Poverty



In October 2011 an Expert Group Meeting on Using Green Agriculture to Stimulate Economic Growth, Attain Food Security and Eradicate Poverty, was held in Israel as a contribution to the preparation for Rio+20

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The meeting took place in co-operation with UN-DESA and was attended by representatives from 28 countries, three UN organisations and representatives of civil society and major groups; thus the full geographical spectrum was represented.



The purpose of the meeting was to raise awareness of the central role that green and sustainable agriculture can play in stimulating economic growth and combating poverty, and ultimately attaining food security, through the sharing of approaches, best practices and lessons learned.



One of the recommendations of the meeting was to present the EGM Chair's summary at the Rio+20 Conference.

Detailed programme

Thematic Focus:
Through the presentation of the EGM Chair's summary and consequent discussions, the thematic focus will be on the central role that green and sustainable agriculture can play in stimulating economic growth and combating poverty, and ultimately attaining food security, through the sharing of approaches, best practices and lessons learned.

One of the main conclusions from the meeting was that green agriculture should be recognized as a tool for economic growth and poverty eradication and should be highly prioritised by governments. It was also concluded that green agriculture should constitute one of the main topics to be addressed during the Rio+20 Summit, in light of its central role in the green economy and its importance in facing the challenge of food security.

Some of the key messages included the following:
a) A global effort is required, to strengthen the resilience of agricultural systems, increase global food security, reduce poverty,
and improve nutrition, whilst creating economic growth, and protecting and renewing the environment.
b) Infrastructure must enable natural resource conservation, capacity building of farmers and other stakeholders, access to
financial means, legislation, research and development, extension, public finance and planning.
c) A global resource centre of best practices, tools, knowledge, experiences and technologies should be developed for the
benefit of all countries.
d) Appropriate policies for both small and large scale farmers must be adopted whilst considering the development level of the
country. One size does not fit all.
e) Green agriculture refers to all components of the production and marketing chain, in particular post harvest management.
f) Best management practices should be encouraged.
g) Links among research-extension-industry and farmers should be strengthened.
h) Public-Private-Partnerships are important for implementation of green agriculture.


Contribution to the outcome of UNCSD / Rio+20:
The outputs from the Expert Group Meeting contribute to the UNCSD, exploring how green and sustainable agriculture can contribute to a green economy, addressing the importance of sustainable agriculture in ensuring food security, mitigating and adapting to climate change, and stimulating economic growth in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication.

Side Event Format and Speakers:
Organisation: The event will be based on collaborative partnering and involve several co-organisers. Germany, United States, Kenya, Panama and Canada will be appointed as co-organisers.

The format: The EGM Chair's summary will be presented and complimented by a panel of representatives from the countries that are participating as co-organisers and who participated in the meeting in Israel. The representatives will present their perspectives, policies and their expectations for the outcome of Rio+20 in this regard. After the presentations, the session will open up for discussion around the points raised to encourage and stimulate further debate.
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