U.S. government action can curb the risks climate change poses to global food security, says a new report from The Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
The report, Advancing Global Food Security in the Face of a Changing Climate, is being released today at the Council’s Global Food Security Symposium 2014 in Washington DC. U.S. National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah are delivering keynote addresses. Watch live streaming video of the event atYouTube.com/TheChicagoCouncil.
The report calls on the U.S. government to integrate climate change adaptation into its global food security strategy. Recommendations include:
- Passing legislation for a long-term global food and nutrition security strategy.
- Increasing funding for agricultural research on climate change adaptation. Research priorities should include improving crop and livestock tolerance to higher temperatures and volatile weather, combating pests and disease and reducing food waste.
- Collecting better data and making information on weather more widely available to farmers. There are significant global data gaps right now on weather; water availability, quality, and future requirements; crop performance; land use; and consumer preferences.
- Increasing funding for partnerships between U.S. universities and universities and research institutions in low-income countries, to train the next generation of agricultural leaders.
- Advancing international action through urging that food security be addressed through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.
A bipartisan group of scientific, business, and policy leaders led by former Congressmen Dan Glickman (D), former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, and Doug Bereuter, president emeritus of The Asia Foundation (R), have endorsed the report’s recommendations. Gerald C. Nelson, a leading expert on climate change and food security, was the principal author. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and PepsiCo provided generous support to make this report possible.