Food and climate
Today, the High-Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) of the UN Committee on world Food Security (CFS) is launching its report on “Agroecological approaches and other innovations for sustainable agriculture and food systems that enhance food security and nutrition”. This report will be discussed at the October CFS plenary session and should lead to the adoption of recommendations in October 2020. This comes at a crucial time as agroecology is clearly gaining ground at the international level; FAO and IPBES have both recently highlighted the high potential of agroecology to achieve respectively the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement and the Convention on Biological Diversity. CIDSE has long been fighting for agroecology to be fully acknowledged and supported by governments. In this regard, the HLPE’s publication adds to the wealth of reports, studies and initiatives calling for agroecology to be put on the political agenda.
Invitation to sef: and CIDSE Policy Lunch, Brussels, 12 July 2018; 12:00 - 14:00, Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to the EU
Rue Montoyer 47, 1040 Brussels
This month, from 25 – 27 October, CIDSE will participate in the First Agroecology Europe Forum, to be held in Lyon, France.
In the aftermath of the Monsanto Tribunal (The Hague, 14-16 October 2016) Cris Panerio reflects on the impact of Monsanto in the Philippines and on alternative and more respectful ways of doing agriculture.
One of the worst droughts in living memory continues to threaten East and Southern African countries, brought on by the recent El Niño event. More than 40 million people across the continent are projected to be food insecure until early 2017, as maize harvests wither and millions of livestock perish from lack of water and food.
In the context of CIDSE’s international workshop “Climate and Agriculture: Harvesting people’s solutions for sustainable food systems”, an evening panel was organized on 19 September to build an interactive and dynamic discussion and confront different views on agroecology and climate-smart agriculture. The participants shared their reflections after the discussion in a series of flash interviews (links to watch the interviews are provided below).
Less than a year ago the Paris agreement on climate change was signed. I followed the negotiations closely, and when leaving Paris I felt both a sense of optimism and worry. States are now confronted with the urgent need to put this agreement into place, since a climate crisis is already upon us.
CIDSE will host an international workshop on 19-21 September in Brussels
The fight against hunger needs strong local and regional food systems, not 'climate-smart agriculture'
Today the UN Climate Summit in New York called by the Secretary General Ban Ki-moon sees the launch of a flawed and risky initiative: the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture.