FEED BRAZIL 2012
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  • Date submitted: 1 Nov 2011
  • Stakeholder type: Major Group
  • Name: FEED BRAZIL 2012
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FEED BRAZIL 2012

General Content:

The UN Rio+20 Conference will consider two important themes: a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication, and the institutional framework for sustainable development.

Executive summary for submission

This submission, evolved from a workshop and subsequent related meetings held October 2011, in Norway arranged by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Department of International Affairs; in co-operation with the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research and the Norwegian Year of Science, and in association with the OECD Steering Group on Governance of International Co-operation in Science, Technology and Innovation to Address Global Challenges (STIG). There was representation from a wide range of interest groups including universities, research organisations and private companies.

One of the main issues considered was ?International Co-operation in Science, Technology and Innovation to address global challenges: Food, Water, Energy and Community.? In addition to this was the issue of ?Making it Happen.?

The aim of this submission is to raise awareness of the need for sustainable case studies in the field that demonstrate ways to resolve or ameliorate environmental issues associated with food production. We aim to test a new innovative environmentally friendly greenhouse that is suitable for arid or urban areas where water is an issue. A green socio-economic business model is being designed for this project as part of the plan to integrate the project into the local community and reduce poverty.

The FEED BRAZIL 2012 submission is a live demonstration project, currently evolving. FEED stands for Food and Energy Eco Dynamics. The submission is being lodged by a multi-disciplined working group that attended the workshop and subsequent meetings in Norway. The Working Group Committee for FEED BRAZIL 2012 include representatives from: Hydro ASA (international aluminum company); Westvik Innovation Foresight & Communication (social and business development consultant); Life Synthesis AS (technical advisor for innovative greenhouse building system); Phoenix Planning Design AS (sustainable development consultants); with Norwegian University of Science and Technology (as the proposed educational and scientific partner); Lindum ASA (consultant for engineered eco-systems for food production); and SINTEF Water and Environment (as the proposed advisor on water systems).

Ongoing meetings and workshops are planned for November and December 2011, with the aim of forming a steering committee for a Government/Private cooperative project. This will include representation from relevant government institutions; local grass roots organisations; educational and research organisations as well as other appropriate new partners to deliver the project in the first half of 2012, so that a presentation can be made to the Rio +20 Summit on progress of this case study.

The following comments for the Rio +20 Summit developed out of issues that were discussed at the workshops. They are presented from the FEED Working Group.

a) What are the expectations for the outcome of Rio+20, and what are the concrete proposals in this regard, including views on a possible structure of the Outcome document?

Support for new methods of food production to address the impacts of climate change.

The impacts of climate change are increasing at an alarming rate and the unpredictability of droughts, storms and temperature fluctuations are having a major impact on food production. We need new approaches on how we can supply food and nutrition. It is important after 20 years of talking since the first World Summit in 1992 that steps be set in place to reduce or ameliorate the impacts of man on the environment be given support and made a matter of priority.

Existing technology and traditional methods of farming alone are clearly not coping, so new innovative ways that will help reduce the impact of man on the environment need to be found. Science, Technology and Innovation have an important role to play in the process of developing and testing innovative radical solutions. However, for the solutions to be truly sustainable, they also need to be integrated into a social and economic framework.

It should be noted that the concepts outlined in the Rio 1992 World Summit, Agenda 21, Item 31.1 are just as relevant today as when they were first made.

SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL COMMUNITY INTRODUCTION
31.1. ?The cooperative relationship existing between the scientific and technological community and the general public should be extended and deepened into a full partnership. ?. ?.Decision makers should create more favourable conditions for improving training and independent research in sustainable development. Existing multidisciplinary approaches will have to be strengthened and more interdisciplinary studies developed between the scientific and technological community and policy makers and with the general public to provide leadership and practical know-how to the concept of sustainable development. ?. ;

a. It is recommended that the RIO+20 Summit resolve:

1. that projects using the principles in accordance with Agenda 21, Item 31.1, should be supported and encouraged by their relevant Governing bodies.

2. that there is a need for multinational policy initiatives for developing new modes of governance of international research and innovation projects for addressing global challenges.

b) What are the comments, if any, on existing proposals: e.g., a green economy roadmap, framework for action, sustainable development goals, a revitalized global partnership for sustainable development, or others?

b. It is recommended that the RIO+20 Summit resolve:

3.to note that many of the global challenges faced by the world today are caused by systemic failure consisting of social, economic, cultural, biological, technological and/or environmental factors, and that there are impact-chains between challengeslike climate change, energy supply, water access, food delivery and health. This means that global challenges cannot be adequately addressed by single actors, or by the use of one technology or one instrument only.

New knowledge and new technologies are needed, as well as new insight into the feedback loops of these systems. Governments and relevant international organisations and enterprises should therefore be encouraged to strive towards developing new and improved modes of governance of international research and innovation collaboration, and to fund and coordinate such research and innovation processes.

c) What are the views on implementation and on how to close the implementation gap, which relevant actors are envisaged as being involved (Governments, specific Major Groups, UN system, IFIs, etc.);

c. It is recommended that the RIO+20 Summit resolve:

4.that as part of the search for solutions to the impacts of climate change, Government and Private initiatives should be more flexible and expand their criteria for funding developing innovative technology and new multi-partner workgroups that create a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication.

d) What specific cooperation mechanisms, partnership arrangements or other implementation tools are envisaged and what is the relevant time frame for the proposed decisions to be reached and actions to be implemented?

d. It is recommended that the RIO+20 Summit resolve:

5.to note that innovative projects that inspire and encourage people to find alternative and sustainable solutions that involve joint Government, Private and Community projects such as FEED Brazil 2012 are very important in the process of demonstrating that we can start to have an impact on the environment and social fabric, now rather than later.

6.To note the findings of a future report to be presented at the Rio +20 Summit on the implementation of the FEED BRAZIL 2012 project.

Specific Elements: a) Objective of the Conference: To secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development, assessing the progress to date and remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development and addressing new and emerging challenges. Contributions could include possible sectoral priorities (e.g., (e.g., energy, food security and sustainable agriculture, technology transfer, water, oceans, sustainable urbanization, sustainable consumption and production, natural disaster preparedness and climate change adaptation, biodiversity, etc.) and sectoral initiatives that contribute to integrate the three pillars of sustainable development could be launched and endorsed at Rio+20.

Refer to the proposed case study proposed for northeast Brazil for first half of 2012, described in the Section b, below.

b) Green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication: views regarding how green economy can be a means to achieve sustainable development in its three dimensions, and poverty eradication; what is its potential added value; experience to date, including what has worked and how to build upon success, what are the challenges and opportunities and how to address the challenges and seize opportunities, and possible elements of an agreement in outcome document on a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication

MAKING IT HAPPEN

Case Study for sustainable food production using innovative greenhouse technology and development of a local green economy.

FEED BRAZIL 2012 is the first of a planned series of Proof of Concept global field tests by the FEED (Food and Energy Eco Dynamics) initiative, who are coordinating innovative approaches in agriculture and aquaculture production and developing socio- enterprise.

It is proposed to deliver a progress report on economic, social and environmental issues to the RIO +20 conference in June 2012.

The aim of the project is to show how Science, Technology and Innovation can make a substantial contribution in relieving chronic food shortage sustainably within the context of a green economy. We will study a radically new and innovative greenhouse that is carbon neutral and uses soap bubbles for insulation will be studied in a proof of concept test case. This will involve field tests of energy consumption and production yields analysis to understand how efficient the new technology is in comparison with traditional existing production.

The objectives of the project include:

·making a demonstration field test project (Proof of Concept) in northeast of Brazil.

·producing food in a sustainable way in areas where normal agriculture is not possible due to poor and infertile soil conditions;

·testing and developing an innovative greenhouse that reduces the amount of water required during the food production process;

·developing new business models for social economic enterprises;

·bringing a SIA perspective (Social Impact Assessment) into the project from start to give basis for foresighted recommendations of the possible impact on life quality of persons and communities affected;

·working with NGOs, local media, youth and womens organisations to deliver the project;

·creating a FEED college/training scheme as part of the business development program; and

·lead the way globally to demonstrating innovative solutions in food production while respecting the environment.

Delivery of project

To find a solution to food production and develop a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication, it is necessary to form multi-disciplined teams to deliver the project.

There are a number of components to this venture, which will be a combined Private / Government project. New partnerships are required and a draft outline of partners required is outlined below:

a.Steering Committee and a Project Management team;

b.establishment of a training scheme for the business and delivery partners who will do the growing of the food. This will be done with a company or organization who specializes in working with grass root community groups who will deliver the project.

The program also needs to be prepared in conjunction with the NTNU;

c.liaison with interested parties, including National and local participants;

d.design resolution of a new innovative greenhouse. This will be done with a commercial industrial company as part of their CSR program;

e.development of an electrical and ICT program for control of the greenhouse environment. This needs to be prepared in conjunction with NTNU.

f.development of efficient water technology in co-ordination with SINTEF.

g.select a suitable agriculture institution to advise and develop programs for growing agriculture and possible aquaculture crops;

h.establish growing with organic fertilizer made from organic waste and investigate suitable bio-fuel technology for medium sized socio-enterprise projects with Lindum.

i.conduct a foresighted SIA study to address social and cultural possible impacts, both positive and negative, with a primary purpose to bring about optimal and sustainable effects of FEED Brazil 2012 for all the involved parties

An outline timetable for FEED BRAZIL, 2012 is shown below:

·Initial Norway Workshops 1 & 2, held 5 October 2011, NTNU in Trondheim and 19 October 2011, in Oslo.

·Co-ordination meetings November in Oslo.

·Workshop 3 to be held in week between 5 and 10 December 2011.

·Project meetings in Brazil early 2012.

·Site work March/April 2012

Expansion of the roles and expectations of FEED BRAZIL 2012 particpants

1.Steering Committee, consisting of members of different partnership organisations would need to be assembled to oversee the running and delivery of the project.

2.The main competencies or elements to be addressed to create a demonstration project include:

a.project management team. A project management team would be required to co-ordinate and support the running of the each project. Initially it is important to keep this structure simple;

b.funding of different components should be sourced from one or a number of different sources including Government, private or socio-enterprise funding to deliver the project;

c.creating new partnerships between established local grass roots organisations and international organisations to create support with local and high level government national support for these demonstration projects;

d.providing education support to local grassroots organisations, who will develop local businesses to grow and distribute food produced to people who need it;

c) Institutional framework for sustainable development: Priorities and proposals for strengthening individual pillars of sustainable development, as well as those for strengthening integration of the three pillars, at multiple levels  local, national, regional and international.

The way forward.

There will be a second group workshop to establish the Steering Committee to supervise the project. A Project Organisation needs to be formed to manage and deliver the project. In addition to the above a number of co-operative ventures will be formed after a demonstration version of the greenhouse has been built and tested.

Various funding sources need to be considered. Possible source of funding include using CSR funds provided by larger companies to test of new concepts. Also funds used for community training and education could be directed to the project for education component required to deliver the project.

Discussions will be held with Government officials to consider the option of government support for delivering the project as a joint project with established NGO's organisations.

It is important that local people participate and take ownership of these schemes so that are embraced and become an integral part of the local community.

Conclusion - Making it happen

We aim to deliver a working proof of concept, environmentally efficient solution to the challenge of delivering food to people and communities who need it, using less water and reducing the carbon footprint normally associated with agriculture work. The delivered concept will be a key contribution to establishing a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication.

d) Any proposals for refinement of the two themes. Recall that Resolution 64/236 describes the focus of the Conference: The focus of the Conference will include the following themes to be discussed and refined during the preparatory process: a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication and the institutional framework for sustainable development.

The proposal from the FEED Brazil +20 Working Group, is a proposal for action and solutions to the focus of the UN Rio +20 Summit Conference aim of achieving: 

a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication and the institutional framework for sustainable development"

FEED BRAZIL 2012

Submission Working Group:

The submission is being lodged by a multi-disciplined working group that attended the workshop and subsequent meetings in Norway. The Working Group Committee for FEED BRAZIL 2012 includes representation from:

·Hydro ASA (international aluminum company);

·Westvik Innovation Foresight & Communication (social and business development consultant);

·Life Synthesis AS (technical advisor for innovative greenhouse building system);

·Phoenix Planning Design AS (sustainable development consultants); with

·Norwegian University of Science and Technology (as the proposed educational and scientific partner);

·Lindum ASA (consultant for engineered eco-systems for food production); and

·SINTEF Water and Environment (as the proposed advisor on water systems).

For any enquires please initially contact Bruce Michael Edgar, submission co- ordinator by email on bruce.edgar@phoenixplanningdesign.no or phone 0047 4677 1661.

Written enquiries to

Bruce Michael Edgar

FEED BRAZIL 2012

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