05.12.2018

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Global food systems are failing humanity and speeding up climate change, according to a new report from 130 national academies published in November 2018 in the foreground to COP24.

The report Opportunities for future research and innovation on food and nutrition security and agriculture: The InterAcademy Partnership's global perspective was published by InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) in late November 2018.

The current approach to food, nutrition, agriculture and the environment is unsustainable and must change. There is no time to waste, say the 130 national academies of science and medicine across Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe that compose the InterAcademy Partnership. In the foreground to COP24, the authors call for an end to business-as-usual and urge leaders to look to science to drive innovation and inform policy.

The report is meant as a wake-up call to leaders, according to Professor Joachim von Braun, Co-Chair of the IAP project on Food and Nutrition Security and Agriculture, President of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, and Director of the Center for Development Research (ZEF) at the University of Bonn, Germany.
 
According to the authors, there is an urgent need to strengthen evidence-based policies and programmes and invest in solving the most critical challenges of our times: mitigating climate change through changes to food production and consumption, and ensuring that people globally have access to nutritious, affordable and environmentally sustainable food.

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