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The Role of Agriculture at Rio+20
From June 20-22, more than 100 heads of State and government, along with thousands of parliamentarians, mayors, UN officials, and private sector and civil society leaders, will come together at the Rio+20 Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to discuss reducing poverty, advancing social equity and working towards environmental protection on an increasingly crowded planet. The theme of the conference is “The Future We Want.”
Rio +20 continues the efforts of the Earth Summit in 1992, also held in Rio de Janeiro, during which countries adopted Agenda 21 – a blueprint to rethink economic growth, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection.
Agriculture is critically important to achieve sustainable development. Agriculture helps reduce poverty in rural and developing countries twice as much as growth in any other sector. Further, sustainable agricultural growth helps preserve and restore the environment.
With the planet’s population estimated to reach 9 billion by 2050, UN Food and Agriculture Organization Director-General José Graziano da Silva said, “The quest for food security can be the common thread that links the different challenges we face and helps build a sustainable future. At the Rio Summit we have the golden opportunity to explore the convergence between the agendas of food security and sustainability to ensure that happens.”
Leading up to and during the Rio+20 conference, the Global Harvest Initiative will be posting regular information about the events on our website, Facebook page and Twitter feed, and we encourage you to engage with us during this important gathering of global leaders as they discuss development, food security, water, and other critical elements of sustainably meeting the needs of 9 billion by 2050 while protecting our underlying natural resources.