Rio+20 is approaching fast and interesting new research/papers is being published on a daily basis. Today I wanted to point you to a paper called End hunger and make the transition to sustainable agricultural and food systems by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO).

Here are the key points: 

The three messages by FAO for the Rio+20 summit:

  1. The Rio vision of sustainable development cannot be realized unless hunger and malnutrition are eradicated.
  2. The Rio vision requires that both food consumption and production systems achieve more with less.
  3. The transition to a sustainable future requires fundamental changes in the governance of food and agriculture and an equitable distribution of the transition costs and benefits.

National governments and other stakeholders need to:

  1. Establish and protect rights to resources, especially for the most vulnerable;
  2. Incorporate incentives for sustainable consumption and production into food systems;
  3. Promote fair and well-functioning agricultural and food markets;
  4. Reduce risk and increase the resilience of the most vulnerable; and
  5. Invest public resources in essential public goods, including innovation and infrastructure.

FAO calls on the Rio+20 participants to make the following six commitments:

  1. Accelerate the pace of reducing hunger and malnutrition with a view to eradicating these in the near future.
  2. Use the Voluntary Guidelines to Support the Progressive Realization of the Right to Adequate Food in the Context of National Food Security and the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security as the overarching frameworks for achieving food security and equitable sustainable development.
  3. Support the efforts of all stakeholders working in food and agriculture, especially in developing and least-developed countries, to implement technical and policy approaches to agricultural development that integrate food security and environmental objectives.
  4. Ensure an equitable distribution of costs and benefits from the transition to sustainable agricultural consumption and production, and that people’s livelihoods and access to resources are protected.
  5. Adopt integrated approaches to managing multiple objectives and linking financing sources for achieving sustainable agricultural and food systems.
  6. Implement governance reforms based on the principles of transparency, participation and accountability to ensure policies are carried out and commitments are fulfilled. The Committee on World Food Security can serve as a model for these reforms.

This is the direct link to the full PDF document: Full PDF

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