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Food Security

Tuesday 12 June, 14.00-16.00

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  • Thomas Rosswall, Professor em., Chair, CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), Sweden
  • Lindiwe MajeleSibanda, CEO, Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), Zimbabwe


  • Tim Benton, Champion, UK Global Food Security (GFDS) programme, Institute of Integrative and Comparative Biology, University of Leeds, UK
  • Ruvimbo Mabeza-Chimedza, Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension, Zimbabwe
  • Ram Badan Singh, Indian Academy of Agricultural Sciences, India
  • Adrian Fernández Bremauntz, Advisor on Sustainability to the Dean of the Metropolitan University, Mexico City, Mexico


The Rio+20 Policy Brief “Food Security for a planet under pressure”[1] addresses the interconnected challenges and solutions to feed the global population both now and in the future.  Food security is closely linked to the three Rio Conventions agreed upon in 1992 and is a cornerstone in the UN Millennium Development Goals.  Science has much to contribute and a recent report on “Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change”[2] addresses some of the key challenges. The UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Global Sustainability report “Resilient People: Resilient Planet, A Future Worth Choosing”[3] outlines solutions for achieving a sustainable planet Earth for future generations.

Aim of the session

The session will provide perspectives from the science community and present the conclusions of the two major reports. A final panel debate will engage with key Ministers of Agriculture and address the challenge of building on the Rio Conventions while providing food security for all. The session is a component of a process to highlight the need for research and policy to address the challenge of feeding the global population, now and in the future, which has included three Agriculture and Rural Development Days during recent meetings of COP of the UNFCCC.

Structure of the session

Thomas Rosswall, Opening remarks


Tim Benton, The role of food security in relation to the Rio conventions

Ruvimbo Mabeza-Chimedza, Prospects and Challenges in Taking a Regional Approach to Achieving Food Security in Africa

Ram Badan Singh, Food security and climate change

Adrian Fernández Bremauntz, Report from the Beddington Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change

Panel debate, Chair: Lindiwe Majele Sibanda

Thomas Rosswall, Strategic recommendations from the session


[1] http://www.icsu.org/rio20/policy-briefs/FoodSecurityLowRes.pdf

[2] http://www.ccafs.cgiar.org/sites/default/files/assets/docs/climate_food_commission-spm-nov2011.pdf

[3] http://www.un.org/wcm/content/site/climatechange/pages/gsp

Photo: Ivan M. García/Oxfam

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