• Lead-organizer: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • 19:00 - 20:30
  • Date: 21 Jun 2012
  • Room: T-4

Food for life & life of food

Organizing partners

Bioversity International
World Bank


Hunger eradication is fundamental to achieving the Rio vision of sustainable development. Current pathways have left 1.4 billion in extreme poverty, 925 million hungry and many more malnourished and food insecure. There can be no sustainable development when billions of people are left in hunger, poverty and food insecurity on the side-lines of mainstream development, with no protection from risks and shocks, and no hope to contribute to and benefit from growth, nor to fully enjoy their human development potential. Moving sustainable development requires a shift to food production and consumption systems that are productive, sustainable and fair.

Detailed programme

This Side Event will focus on the following issues:
?Sustainable management of natural resources ? land, water, fisheries, forests and biodiversity ? is a precondition for long-term agricultural growth.
?Sustainability requires a reform of the overall agriculture and food system, from production to consumption, from farm to table.
?Social protection and safety nets are essential to support resilient livelihoods, protect the most vulnerable and include them in sustainable development pathways.
?Sustainable consumption and production
?Better and more coherent global, national and local policies are needed for sustainable development and to support the reform of agriculture and food systems at scale.
The Side Event will consist on a panel with the heads of FAO, IFAD, WFP and Biodiversity International and Ministers of Agriculture from different regions of the World; The panel will highlight what they see as the role of agriculture, food Security and nutrition in the emerging global agenda for sustainable development . A report from the Side Event will be available for the Rio+20 organizers.
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