As the links between food security and climate change become increasingly inextricable, the necessity for sustainable agriculture is now a universal concern.
Smallholder farmers in the global South - who suffer most from changes in climate patterns and the degradation of natural resources, since they live and work in the most vulnerable landscapes – are in urgent need of sustainable agricultural technologies, a reality that was recognized at the annual meeting of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), which drew to a close in Rome on Thursday.
Despite ongoing economic and financial crises, developed and developing countries alike - represented by hundreds of development leaders and heads of state gathered in Rome for the 35th session of the Governing Council - committed 1.5 billion dollars to finance agriculture and rural development projects throughout the developing world.
During the two-day event, representatives from IFAD's 167 member states addressed the connection between overcoming poverty and food insecurity, and discussed how to ensure food security to a growing population while simultaneously protecting the environment.
In December 2011, member states gave a boost to sustainable agriculture with 1.5 billion dollars in new contributions to IFAD.
Now, the U.N. agency says it is scaling up its efforts even further to better link climate-smart technologies and sustainable agriculture in more than 40 countries.
"To help implement IFAD’s environmental policy and climate change strategy, we have developed a groundbreaking initiative called the Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Program, or ASAP, which will help channel (funds) into climate-smart, sustainable investments in poor, smallholder communities," IFAD’s president Kanayo Nwanze announced in his opening statement at the conference.
Representatives of smallholders, family farmers, pastoralists and ...