Implementation of Sustainable Agriculture at Policy Level
Today, almost one billion people are suffering from malnutrition and 70% of the poor in developing countries live in rural areas. This is largely attributed to unsustainable agricultural and environmental practices, a weak nexus between science and policies as well as incoherent national policies. As recommended by the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science, and Technology for Development (IAASTD, 2008) and confirmed by the World Development Report (WB, 2008), hunger and poverty can most efficiently be addressed with the support for the sustainable ecological agricultural sector and a focus on smallholder agriculture with locally adapted cultivation methods. Sustainable agriculture is less input intensive and therefore more accessible for resource-limited rural people and has therefore a high potential for improving the livelihoods of a large group of rural poor and particularly women.
Our project aims to strengthen the policy support for sustainable agriculture at national, regional and global levels. It implements three core activity lines on policy coherence, governance, and civil society strengthening. In three countries in Sub-Saharan Africa – Senegal, Kenya and Ethiopia - the project will support the authorities in defining policies and agricultural strategies that allow for effective, comprehensive and long-term planning of sustainable agricultural development. At the same time the project aims to get to the point where the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) will also be able to facilitate such national assessments for other countries and provide a platform for the exchange of experiences and the development of best practices. Through the work on the development of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the project aims to influence global policies in order to enable a transformation to sustainable agriculture and food security.
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David Nabarro (Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Food Security and Nutrition) Text Video Statement (PDF)
Oliver de Schutter (United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food)