Global report on food security calls for policy change

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 29th March 2012

An independent commission of scientific leaders from 13 countries, including Australia, has released today a detailed set of recommendations to policy makers on how to achieve food security in the face of climate change.

The Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change (CSACC) has released the report, titled ‘Achieving food security in the face of climate change’.

The CSACC report outlines seven recommendations to help governments, agribusiness and food companies deliver evidence based and long-term, regional solutions. The report recommends a move towards climate-resilient agricultural production, efficient resource use, low-waste supply chains, adequate nutrition and healthy eating choices.

CSIRO outlines Australia’s role in food security measures

Dr Megan Clark, Chief Executive of CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, represents Australian science on the CSACC.

Dr Clark said, “This global science effort has analysed existing diverse scientific and cultural knowledge to determine leverage points in the world’s food system and to identify policy actions to address the growing challenges.”

According to CSIRO, a major transformation in the food system is needed to address future threats to food security.

CSIRO’s Deputy Director of Sustainable Agriculture, Dr Peter Carberry, said Australia has an important role to play. Dr Carberry said, “For our nation, this report reinforces the critical role our science plays in the global food system, identifying priorities at the global scale across sometimes conflicting issues.

“Australian agriculture accounts for at least 25 per cent of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions – a figure similar to the global average. We need to contribute to the global challenge of reducing greenhouse gases from agriculture by 50-80 per cent by 2050 while, at the same time, contributing to a 30-80 per cent increase in global food production,” Dr Carberry said.

CSIRO said it is working with Australian farmers, industry and government to enable the continued productivity of agriculture in Australia, while reducing our environmental footprint.