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RIO+20 The Future We Want

RIO+20 the future we want

Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture

It is time to rethink how we grow, share and consume our food.

If done right, agriculture, forestry and fisheries can provide nutritious food for all and generate decent incomes, while supporting people-centred rural development and protecting the environment.

But right now, our soils, freshwater, oceans, forests and biodiversity are being rapidly degraded. Climate change is putting even more pressure on the resources we depend on, increasing risks associated with disasters such as droughts and floods. Many rural women and men can no longer make ends meet on their land, forcing them to migrate to cities in search of opportunities.

A profound change of the global food and agriculture system is needed if we are to nourish today’s 925 million hungry and the additional 2 billion people expected by 2050.

The food and agriculture sector offers key solutions for development, and is central for hunger and poverty eradication.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has launched a Zero Hunger Challenge,  inviting all nations to be boldly ambitious as they work for a future where no one goes hungry. The Zero Hunger Challenge has five objectives: 

  1. 100% access to adequate food all year round.
  2. Zero stunted children under 2 years, no more malnutrition in pregnancy and early childhood.
  3. All food systems are sustainable.
  4. 100% growth in smallholder productivity and income, particularly for women.
  5. Zero loss or waste of food, including responsible consumption.

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