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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 Friday, 5 November 2010


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Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate ChangeOn Friday morning, participants met in a working group to discuss a revised draft of the roadmap. A closed Ministerial meeting was also held in the morning. In the closing plenary session in the afternoon, Working Group 1 Co-chair Jamshed Merchant said the Conference created a common understanding about the reality of the issues of agriculture, food security and climate change, and stressed that the next step was for participants to ensure that they continue reflecting on the discussions and consider how they can take immediate action. Working Group 1 Co-Chair Silva noted that the Conference had produced a roadmap that is dynamic and flexible. Working Group 2 Co-Chair Akinbamijo shared his hope that the momentum built through the intense exchange of ideas will be sustained, and commended participants for taking on these challenges, especially on behalf of the world’s most vulnerable communities, sharing an African proverb: “If the house is leaking, look out for the one sleeping on the wet ground.”

Ignacio Rivera Rodriguez, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food, Mexico, suggested that climate change is an opportunity to change the way societies produce, consume and develop, emphasizing that actions by governments must be accompanied by strong actions by all levels of society.

In his closing remarks, Chair Bleker said the ministerial roundtables have produced a sign of optimism that agriculture, food security and climate change challenges can be explored in an integrated way, and announced that in 2012, a follow-up conference will be hosted by Viet Nam.

Working Group
L-R: Working Group Co-Chair Yemi Akinbamijo, African Union Commission, and Hans Hoogeveen, Director General, Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation

Participants during the discussion on the draft roadmap for action on agriculture, food security and climate change
Olushola Olayide, African Union Commission
Shyam Nokta, Guyana
J.D. Samarasinghe, Sri Lanka Council for Agricultural Research and Policy
Elsbeth Akkerman, Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation
Rakotoson Philibert, Ministry of Agriculture, Madagascar
Danny Rahdiansyah, Indonesia
Sara Scherr, Ecoagriculture Partners
Damien Fontaine, Belgium

Plenary Session
L-R: Working Group 1 Co-Chair Jamshed Merchant, Agriculture and Agri-Food, Canada; Working Group 1 Co-Chair Alejandro Silva, Ministry of Agriculture, Lifestock and Fisheries, Argentina; Hans Hoogeveen, Director General, Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation; Chair Henk Bleker, Minister for Agriculture and Foreign Trade, the Netherlands; and Working Group 2 Co-Chair Yemi Akinbamijo, African Union Commission
Working Group 1 Co-Chair Jamshed Merchant, Agriculture and Agri-Food, Canada
Working Group 1 Co-Chair Alejandro Silva, Ministry of Agriculture, Lifestock and Fisheries, Argentina
Working Group 2 Co-Chair Yemi Akinbamijo, African Union Commission
Chair Henk Bleker, Minister for Agriculture and Foreign Trade, the Netherlands
Ignacio Rivera Rodriguez, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food, Mexico
Delegates during the closing session
The conference ended with a laser show.

Around the venue
Group photo at the end of the conference.
Posters at the Investment Fair

Project stands around the venue

A view of The Hague downtown
Conference flags outside the venue
Your IISD team. L-R: Back row: Diego Noguera, Colombia; Simon Wolf, Germany; and Nancy Williams, United States of America. Front row: Tomilola Akanle, Nigeria; Laura Russo, Italy; and Tasha Goldberg, United States of America.
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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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