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A report released by the United Nations Committee for World Food Security (CFS) last week offers policymakers a set of expert recommendations about the ways how to address the two inextricably linked challenges of climate change and food insecurity.
IFPRI senior research fellow Gerald Nelson was the leader of the team that prepared the report, which makes 14 observations about the state of climate change and its impact on food security. Based on this analysis, the report provides five multi-point recommendations about how governments can address these problems.
The recommendations are:
"These challenges are inextricably linked, and so, we think, should be the world's responses," writes Monkombu Sambasivan Swaminathan, the chair of the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE), which oversaw the writing of the report.
The report also makes recommendation to the CFS about what role it can play in meeting these challenges. They include: Encourage more explicit recognition of food security in UNFCCC activities; support climate change adaptation and mitigation in international trade negotiations; and enhance the role of civil society.
Gerald Nelson discussed the report at a recent IFPRI policy seminar. He is one of several IFPRI researchers who examine the climate change-food security relationship.
HLPE was established in 2010 as part of the reform of the World Committee on Food Security (CFS). The main role of HLPE is to provide, at request of CFS, policy-oriented analysis and advice, to underpin policy formulation and the work of CFS. Thus, the HLPE serves as CFS's science-policy interface, thereby helping to generate synergy between science and public policy and action. The HLPE functions through a Steering Committee comprising 15 distinguished experts from around the world.