Is it agriculture’s time to shine in Rio?

By Vanessa Meadu
Climate Change – A coalition of agriculture research and development organisations is working hard to put food and farming front-and-centre in next month’s Rio+20 conference, where world leaders will decide on the future framework for sustainable development.

Twenty years ago, the first United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development helped give birth to major international environmental treaties such as the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The 1992 meeting also shaped international and national discourse and environmental policies, and helped root the concept of sustainable development firmly into the mainstream. While even the UN environment chief has ‘mixed’ feelings as to whether the world has indeed achieved the goals laid out in 1992, it is certain that this year’s conference will help shape how sustainable development policies unfold for the next generation. Sustainable agriculture must not be left out.The agricultural organisations, which together are hosting the 4th Agriculture and Rural Development Day in Rio on 18 June, want to ensure that sustainable agriculture is embedded into an overall sustainable development approach, contributing to the ‘green economy’, to poverty eradication and to food security….. >>Complete article<<

Source and Photo: Climate Change, May 25th, 2012
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