Wake up now to make agriculture sustainable
“The world needs a paradigm shift in agricultural development … to an ‘ecological intensification’ approach,” states the UNCTAD Trade and Environment Review 2013 released yesterday (18 September 2013) in Geneva. “The required transformation is much more profound than simply tweaking the existing industrial agricultural system.”
The new report, titled “Wake up before it is too late: Make agriculture truly sustainable now for food security in a changing climate,” is a clarion call for drastic changes to agriculture globally in order to combat hunger and curb further damage to the environment in the face of a changing climate.
Roger Leakey, Senior Fellow at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and Professor at the James Cook University, authored the chapter on a new approach to agricultural intensification in the tropics and sub-tropics (starting page 192). The three-point plan to the approach is detailed in Leakey’s recent book Living with the Trees of Life.
The foreword to the UNCTAD review points out the close links food security has with political stability: “The fundamental transformation of agriculture may well turn out to be one of the biggest challenges, including for international security, of the 21st century,” writes Carlos Pérez del Castillo, chairman of the Board of the CGIAR.
The volume was edited by Ulrich Hoffmann of the UNCTAD Secretariat and authored by over 50 eminent sustainable development experts such as Chris Reij of African Regreening Initiatives and Hans Herren of the Millennium Institute.
The report is a must-read and a solid reference for sustainable agriculture now and into the future.
Trade and Environment Review 2013 –full report: http://unctad.org/en/pages/PublicationWebflyer.aspx?publicationid=666.
Press release of the review: at http://unctad.org/en/pages/PressRelease.aspx?OriginalVersionID=154
Paradigm Shift Urgently Needed In Agriculture http://bit.ly/15DlczM
Leakey book says ‘trees of life’ could nourish the planet, build wealth: http://bit.ly/Omf6Zl
Living with the Trees of Life Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/14lshUT