Dear Friends and Colleagues
Food and Nutrition Security through Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems in the Post-2015 Agenda
Participants from governments, the UN System, research, civil society groups, farmers, and the private sector gathered at the High Level Roundtable on “Food and Nutrition Security through Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems in the Post-2015 Agenda”, held on 27-28 March 2014 in New York.
The Roundtable was hosted by the Government of Benin, Biovision Foundation, and the Millennium Institute, with support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the German Federal Environment Agency, IDDRI, the Third World Network and WSPA.
While participants came from a diverse range of constituencies, there was agreement that transformational change in agriculture and food systems is urgently needed to address unprecedented environmental, social and economic challenges. In order to achieve a world free from poverty, hunger and malnutrition, where the right to adequate food is realized for all, a shift to resilient, diverse and productive agriculture and food systems, which are environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable, and with a special emphasis on small-scale food producers and supporting their livelihoods, is urgently needed.
The meeting proposed that a stand alone goal on sustainable agriculture, food security and nutrition within the context of the current discussions on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) should address the following elements:
* Small-scale food producers empowered
* Hunger and all forms of malnutrition ended, and full access to food ensured
* Inclusiveness in decision-making on sustainable agriculture, food security and nutrition
* Food systems established which are sustainable, diverse and resilient, less wasteful, restore soil fertility and halt land degradation
* Trade policies reshaped and food price volatility mitigated.
are pleased to attach the outcome document from the meeting.
With best wishes,