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It’s Down 2 Earth - Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change

31 October - 5 November 2010 | The Hague, Netherlands

Highlights for Monday, 1 November 2010


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Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate ChangeParticipants convened in plenary and working group sessions throughout the day. In the morning plenary, Chair Bleker outlined the intended outcome of the Conference as a roadmap with concrete actions to enable the transition to climate-smart agriculture growth. Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, African Union Commission, presented the message from the African Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change, held from 6-8 September in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Kanayo Nwanze, President, International Fund for African Development, urged participants to recognize that agriculture, food security and climate change are inseparable issues, and suggested that tools and approaches exist and should be leveraged to launch an evergreen revolution. Louise Fresco, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, expressed concern with the climate change focus in agriculture and urged that the roadmap address agricultural intensification, including modernization and new technologies.

Two parallel working groups focused on exploring issues, challenges and opportunities and stocktaking of innovations, with presentations of case studies from Australia, Kenya, Russian Federation and Mexico.

In the afternoon plenary, Robert Watson, University of East Anglia, UK, suggested that improving infrastructure and management of food could eliminate post-harvest loss by 30-40%. Jeremy Hobbs, Oxfam International, outlined principles for addressing the food, economic and financial, and climate crises. Participants then convened in two working groups to discuss practical and replicable models with lessons learned from successful practices in Burkina Faso, Poland, Peru, Spain and Ethiopia.

Side events took place throughout the day, and the investment fair focused on opportunities and challenges for project investments in Africa.

Plenary Sessions
Chair Henk Bleker, Minister for Agriculture and Foreign Trade, the Netherlands
Participants listening to Henk Bleker’s speech.
Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, African Union Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, delivered a message from the African Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change.

A view of the plenary room.
Kanayo Nwanze, President, International Fund for Agricultural Development

Louise Fresco, Professor, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Jeremy Hobbs, Executive Director, Oxfam International
Hans Hoogeveen, Director General, Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, encouraged participants to read the IISD’s Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change Bulletin.
Robert Watson, Professor, University of East Anglia

Working Group 1
Working group 1 Chair Jamshed Merchant, Agriculture and Agri-Food, Canada
Mark Gibbs, General Manager Climate Change Policy, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Australia
Mark Gibbs’ presentation
Ann Onyango, Director of Policy and External Relations, Ministry of Agriculture, Kenya

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Participants during the discussion.
Idrissa Semde, Ministry of Agriculture, Waterworks and Water Resources, Burkina Faso, during his presentation on Sustainable Land Management Models.

Carlo Galli, Nestlé, during his presentation.

Jerzy Kozyra, Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation, State Research Institute, Poland, during his presentation on Development of Climate Smart Agriculture Models.

Participants during the discussion
Per Baummann, Swedish Food Retailers’ Federation
John Drexhage, IISD
Don McCabe, Canadian Federation of Agriculture

Working Group 2
L-R: Sergey Kiselev, Head of Department of Agroeconomics, College of Economics, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia; Kim van Seeters, Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation; Knut Øistad, Deputy Director-General, Department of Forestry and Resource Policy, Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Norway; and Yemi Akinbamijo, African Union Commission
Sergey Kiselev’s presentation
Sergey Kiselev, Head of Department of Agroeconomics, College of Economics, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russian Federation
Translators during the working group.
A view of the room.
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Participants during the discussion.
Carlos Pagador, Head of the National Water Authority, Peru, during his presentation on Lessons Learned: Irrigation distribution systems.

Eduardo Alvarado Corrales, Ministry of Environmental, Rural and Marine Affairs, Spain, during his presentation on Drought and Water Management in Spain: Lessons learned.

Girma Balcha, Director, Climate Change Forum, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ethiopia, during his presentation on Community-Based Watershed Management: Conserving biodiversity, ensuring food security and adapting to climate change.

Around the venue
Participants sharing the IISD’s Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change Bulletin.
Tasha Goldberg, ENB Writer, distributing Monday's IISD Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change Bulletin
L-R: Ali Alagab Ikheneifr, Libya, and Tomilola Akanle, ENB Writer
Participants picking up Monday's IISD Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change Bulletin.
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*IISD RS summary report of the Agriculture and Rural Development Day 2009, 12 December 2009, Copenhagen, Denmark (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS coverage of the World Summit on Food Security, 16-18 November 2009, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Headquarters, Rome, Italy
*IISD RS coverage of the Twelfth Regular Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA-12), 19-23 October 2009, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy
*IISD RS coverage of the Third Session of the Governing Body (GB 3) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, 1-5 June 2009, Tunis, Tunisia
*IISD RS briefing note of the High-Level Meeting on African Agriculture in the 21st Century, 9-10 February 2009, Windhoek, Namibia (HTML - PDF)
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