Taking on climate, energy, food and economic crises at CSD
Major Groups from around the world will zero in on debates central to food and agriculture as delegates gather in New York next week. Here’s a preview of the policy messages and websites of the organizing groups:
HIGHLIGHTING THE WAY FORWARD
Enabling Policies for Development and Sustainability from the IAASTD
(International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science & Technology for Development)
The convergence of climate, energy, food and economic crises calls for re-orienting our food and agricultural systems towards sustainability, equity and resilience.
Policy options from the IAASTD to advance sustainable development include:
• Increase support for and attention to small-scale diversified farmers—particularly women farmers—and their organizations.
• Focus research and investments on biodiverse, agroecological farming. Enact policies that recognize and support the multiple functions of agriculture. This contributes significantly toward food and livelihood security and social and environmental goals, while increasing system resilience and maintaining high levels of productivity.
• Foster meaningful and equitable collaboration among farmers, indigenous peoples, researchers and educators in direction setting, identifying priority problems and developing locally appropriate solutions. “One-size-fits-all” solutions are not appropriate to the complexity and diversity of small-scale farmers who constitute the majority of rural poor people and who are leaders in innovation.
• Establish new institutions for democratic governance of food systems. Revitalize local and regional food systems. Increase and broaden stakeholder participation in decision-making; and rebalance power among food system actors to advance equitable, sustainable development.
• Establish fair regional and global trade agreements and revise laws governing ownership and access to resources. Ratify international environmental treaties and agreements.
• Mobilize public and private investment in agriculture toward equitable, sustainable development.
• Use participatory, collective, cooperative and multidisciplinary approaches to engage a broader range of stakeholders in agricultural knowledge, science and technology decisionmaking.
Contacts of side event organizers at IPM: Wednesday, February 25 - 1:15 to 2:45 PM in CR 4
Molly D. Anderson, Food Systems Integrity
Marcia Ishii-Eiteman, Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA)
Neth Dano, Third World Network Associate
Jing de la Rosa, WOCAN
Nnimmo Bassey, Friends of the Earth International
Katherine DiMatteo, International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements (IFOAM)
Katherine Ozer, National Family Farm Coalition
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