Advancing Global Food Secruity in the Face of Weather Volatility and Climate Change

How the U.S. government, in partnership with business, civil society and international organizations, can advance global food security in the face of weather volatility and climate change was the focus of a global food security symposium May 22, 2014, in Washington, D.C.

The symposium was organized by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.  Farm Foundation, NFP is a partner for the symposium.  Co-chairs of the event were Doug Bereuter, President Emeritus of the Asia Foundation, and Dan Glickman, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and a Trustee of Farm Foundation.

A changing climate and increasingly volatile weather patterns could reduce food production globally by 2% each decade for the rest of this century. The world’s growers, especially small-scale farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia and agrifood businesses, must adapt to these conditions if food production is to be increased sustainably and nutritiously by 60% by 2050. Symposium sessions will explore:

  • The climate-food nexus and what it means for food security, conflict, economic growth, and the environment.
  • The most effective approaches to making food systems more resilient to extreme weather and a changing climate.
  • Opportunities to better manage risks to agriculture and food production associated with weather and climate change.
  • The water-agriculture nexus and promising approaches to successfully managing water stresses related to food production.

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