Food Security And Nutrition
Proceedings of the FAO International Symposium
Our global food system is at a crossroads. agriculture must meet the challenges of hunger and malnutrition – against a backdrop of population growth, increased pressure on natural resources including soils and water, the loss of biodiversity, and the uncertainties associated with climate change. while past efforts focused on boosting agricultural output to produce more food, today’s challenges – including climate change – demand a new approach.
We need to shift to more sustainable food systems – food systems that produce more, with less environmental cost. in many countries agriculture has been seen as an enemy of the environment, but there is increasing recognition that a regenerative, productive farming sector can provide environmental bene ts while creating rural employment and sustaining livelihoods.
agroecology offers the possibility of win-win solutions. By building synergies, agroecology can increase food production and food and nutrition security while restoring the ecosystem services and biodiversity that are essential for sustainable agricultural production. I firmly believe that agroecology can play an important role in building resilience and adapting to climate change.
during the International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition, held at Fao headquarters in rome on 18 and 19 september 2014, stakeholders representing governments, civil society, science and academia, the private sector, and the un system gathered to discuss the contribution of agroecology to sustainable food systems. the symposium provided an opportunity to share experiences, and build the evidence base on agroecology. these Proceedings bring together the lessons learned as well as scienti c research and case studies of agroecology in practice.