U.N. Report Says ‘Mosaics’ Approach Should Be Taken Toward Food Security, Climate Change

“Governments in rich and poor countries alike should renounce their focus on agribusiness and give more support to small-scale, local food production to achieve global food security and tackle climate change, according to a report from UNCTAD, the U.N. trade and development body,” The Guardian reports. “The 2013 Trade and Environment Review calls on governments to ‘wake up before it is too late’ and shift rapidly towards farming models that promote a greater variety of crops, reduced fertilizer use and stronger links between small farms and local consumers,” the newspaper writes, adding, “Persistent rural poverty, global hunger, population growth and environmental concerns must be treated as a collective crisis, argues the report, which criticizes the international response to the 2008 food-price crisis for focusing on technical ‘quick-fixes'” (Provost, 9/18). The report “says that the goal should be ‘mosaics of sustainable regenerative production systems that also considerably improve the productivity of small-scale farmers and foster rural development,'” according to an UNCTAD press release. “The report cites a number of trends that collectively suggest a mounting crisis,” particularly in developing regions with the highest population growth, such as sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, the press release states and notes the trends (9/18).

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