“Business as usual will not do,” said Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann at a recent debate on food security and climate change at the Swiss Pavilion at Expo Milano.
Among the great research challenges for the future will be the efficient use of resources and the provision of healthy and safe food. Further details are given in a new study carried out by the World Food System Center at ETH Zurich commissioned by the Federal Office for Agriculture.
2 billion people live in arid areas where soils are desert-like, parched and leached. Often, all you find in these regions are a few bushes dotted about and an isolated tree. Deep cracks criss-cross the land. Conditions are hostile and humans and animals face hunger.
In the last few months, Biovision and like-minded delegations have been calling for significant resources to be allocated for implementation of Sustainable Development Goal No. 2 (“End hunger, achieve food security and encourage sustainable agriculture”). The recently published draft document for the 3rd International Conference for Financing for Development to be held in Addis Abeba envisages a series of measures that should provide the necessary impetus for sustainable agriculture in the next 15 years.