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Sustainable Food and Agriculture

Background

Enhanced resilience of people, communities and ecosystems is key to sustainable agriculture

  • Extreme weather events, market volatility and civil strife impair the stability of agriculture. Policies, technologies and practices that build producers’ resilience to threats would also contribute to sustainability.
  • Several signals in the recent past have illustrated the risks that shocks can represent for agriculture, forestry and fisheries. Increased climate variability, whether associated or not to climate change, impact farmers and their production. On the other side, increased food price volatility impact both producers and consumers who don’t necessarily have the means to cope with them. Rather than reducing these shocks, increased globalization has probably favored their rapid transmission across the globe, with increasingly unpredictable impact on the production systems. Resilience therefore becomes central to the transition towards a sustainable agriculture, and must address both the natural and the human dimensions. 

 

 

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