Posted: 20 Jun 2012 03:07 AM PDT
With approximately 1 billion people facing chronic hunger, a further 1 billion with 'hidden hunger' from micronutrient deficiencies and another 1 billion obese people, there is an urgent need to address inequalities in the global food system. On top of these current pressures, the food system will need to feed a global population estimated to peak at between 9 and 10 billion people, who will themselves be demanding a richer and higher quality diet.
As representatives from the world's nations gather in Rio, 'green agriculture' is promoted as being part of the solution. But the responsibility for change is not just in countries where there is poverty and hunger.
Posted: 20 Jun 2012 02:52 AM PDT
At the Rio+20 Conference, which starts today, world leaders and actors from NGOs, research and the private sector are discussing, among other things, the green economy agenda and the prerequisite institutions for sustainable development. Top priority has been given to 'green agriculture' in a rush to solve the problem of food insecurity in regions such as Africa. But behind these two words lie a number of difficult questions for Rio and beyond.
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