To achieve food and nutrition security for all and to help address global challenges.


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Farmers harvesting rice fields, Laos.

Transforming agriculture to address climate change and other global challenges

FAO’s Committee on Agriculture focuses on innovation to achieve food security and sustainable development

The agricultural sector must transform itself not only to achieve food and nutrition security for all, but also to help address global challenges such as climate change and antimicrobial resistance, FAO Director- General José Graziano da Silva said today.

In a speech to ministers, government, private sector and civil society representatives attending the biannual meeting of FAO’s Committee on Agriculture (COAG, 26-30 September), the Director-General noted how “agriculture is at the very heart” of a recent series of ground-breaking international agreements, including the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

“Sustainable agriculture is paramount to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, to sustain natural resources, to adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change, to achieve healthier food systems and to build resilience against crises and natural disasters,” Graziano da Silva said.

But he noted that while past developments in agriculture have led to major improvements in productivity, “progress has been uneven” and that “greater emphasis must be placed on the social and environmental dimensions of sustainability”.

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Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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