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Rio+20 - The future we want


The consensus that different approaches in agriculture are urgently required if we are to achieve food security in a sustainable manner is no longer in dispute. 1.3 billion people are living in poverty, 900 million are chronically undernourished, an additional 1 billion are suffering from vitamin and mineral deficiencies and the population is increasing rapidly.


The question of how to change agricultural approaches so we can grow enough nourishing food for all without further depleting the resources of our planet, was at the heart of several urgent high level discussions in 2012. Bioversity International was there to ensure that the potential contribution of the use of agricultural biodiversity was a key part of discussion agendas and subsequent action plans.


Speaking from the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in June, Emile Frison, Director General of Bioversity International explained: “Agriculture has to change in order to provide food and nutrition security for a growing population under threat of climate change, land degradation, biodiversity loss and water scarcity.  Agricultural biodiversity has the potential to change lives and sustain our world by diversifying livelihoods, increasing the resilience and sustainability of production systems, and by providing access to a diverse and nutritious diet.”


Frison was a speaker at several events at Rio+20, such as the high level official event Food for Life & Life of Food and Aiming for a Food-Secure Future – Think Global, Act Local, both organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, the International Fund for Agricultural development, the World Food Programme and Bioversity International; From New Nordic Food to New Rural Economy, organized by the Nordic Council of Ministers; the Private Sector Discussion Forum organized by the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture; and the Indigenous Peoples’ International Conference On Sustainable Development And Self-Determination.



Photo: The Rio+20 banner in front of the UN building in New York City - Credit: gearsofchange.org