Aim of this paper
The intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda will resume in January 2015. Elements to be discussed will include: means of implementation, the Sustainable Development Goals and targets, monitoring and review, and a revitalized global partnership, as well as financing for development (under a parallel work stream).
This paper outlines our priorities in the area of “Food Security, Nutrition, and Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems” and may serve as a basis for discussion for working towards a “change in course in global agriculture” during the intergovernmental phase of the post-2015 development agenda.
The following points outline our rationale for continuing to advocate for a robust goal on “Food Security, Nutrition, and Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems”, as well as a strong means of implementation, finance and framework for monitoring and review:
- Transformational change in agriculture and food systems is urgently needed to address unprecedented environmental, social and economic challenges and to nourish a population of 9 billion people by 2050, contribute to environmental stewardship in light of natural resource scarcity, social equity, and inclusive economic development.
- A world free from poverty, hunger and malnutrition, where the right to adequate food is realized for all people, cannot be achieved without a shift to resilient, diverse and productive agriculture and food systems, which are environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable, with a special emphasis on small-scale food producers and supporting their livelihoods.
- A standalone goal on “Sustainable Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition” is essential as growth originating in agriculture is more effective in raising incomes of extremely poor people than growth originating outside the sector, and has multiple benefits for societies, welfare across the rural-urban continuum, and sustainable development.