UNEP & Agric. Ministry Press Conference: Avoiding Future Famines 16 Oct, Safari Park, 1:30 pm

Press Conference Invitation

Hosted by UNEP & the Ministry of Agriculture, Kenya at the Third Agricultural Development Sector Forum

On World Food Day

Avoiding Future Famines:

UN Report Calls for Focus on Crucial yet Neglected Ecological Foundations that Support Food Security

Date: Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Time: 1:30 pm

Venue: Ivory Room, Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi

A light lunch and refreshments will be served

Speakers:

Hon. Dr. Sally J. Kosgei, Minister For Agriculture, Kenya

Hon. Ali Chirau Makwere, Minister for Environment and Mineral Resources, Kenya

Joseph Alcamo, Chief Scientist, UN Environment Programme

Dan Rugabira, Resident Representative, UN Food & Agriculture Organization

The world urgently needs to focus on the underlying ecological foundations that support food production, including biodiversity, to help ensure food security for current and future generations, according to a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report.

The debate so far has largely revolved around availability, access, utilization and stability as the four pillars of food security, relegating the resource base and ecosystem services that prop up the whole food system to an afterthought.

Avoiding Future Famines: Strengthening the Ecological Basis of Food Security through Sustainable Food Systems aims to increase the focus on these crucial aspects, which are being undermined by intensive human activity such as overfishing and unsustainable water use.

The report, produced along with experts from IFAD, FAO, World Bank, WFP, and the World Resources Institute, looks at the food system from all angles – from how food is produced to patterns of consumption and wastage along the food value chain.

While pointing out the current challenges, the report also offers a clear way forward. It issues recommendations on storage systems and new food standards to reduce waste, dietary changes and the redesign of sustainable agriculture systems.

Source: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) – Press Release – 15 October 2012