International Symposium on Agroecology for Food and Nutrition Security

Today, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is convening a two day International Symposium on Agroecology for Food and Nutrition Security.

Nearly 70 scientists and scholars of sustainable agriculture and food systems sent an open letter to the FAO today commending the organization for convening the symposium.The letter calls for a solid commitment to agroecology from the international community.

They further call on FAO member states and the international community to build upon the proceedings of this symposium in order to launch a U.N. system-wide initiative on agroecology as the central strategy for addressing climate change and building resilience in the face of water crises. Such an initiative could form one of the pillars the future work of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) and make an invaluable contribution to negotiations about agriculture within the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change process and the post-2015 Sustainable Development agenda.

The letter closes with a hope that the FAO will consider this proposal at the forthcoming Committee on World Food Security meeting on October 13–18, 2014.

Read the full letter here:  http://www.iatp.org/files/2014.09.17_AgroecologyFAOLetter.pdf

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