In the lead up to the Rio+20, G8 and G20 Summits, where global leaders will discuss how to build a more sustainable global economy, the Montpellier Panel, a group of ten of the world's leading experts in their fields, launches a report today in a meeting with UK policymakers held at the Department for International Development (DFID).
The report provides opportunities and recommendations for resilient African agriculture in 2012. They call this "Growth with Resilience". It outlines the synergies and trade-offs in three key areas on how to develop this agenda further: resilient markets (the rural economy), resilient agriculture (food production) and resilient people (social development). The report can be downloaded at:https://workspace.imperial.ac.uk/africanagriculturaldevelopment/Public/Montpellier%20Panel%20Report%202012.pdf
Professor Sir Gordon Conway, Chair of the Montpellier Panel and Professor of International Development at Imperial College London, says, "The report demonstrates how investment in resilient agricultural growth in sub-Saharan Africa can help achieve more sustainable food and nutrition security for the continent and significantly contribute to the global economy."
Tom Arnold, CEO of Concern Worldwide, says, "Agricultural growth has to be not only inclusive of those most vulnerable in the rural economy but also stable and resilient, hence able to withstand the increasing multiple stresses and shocks that it experiences, such as the impacts of climate change and the fluctuation of food and input prices."
Sir Gordon Conway continued, "The Montpellier Panel urges decision-makers and practitioners to consider these recommendations so that policy decisions and investments can be made on a larger scale and more cost-effectively while ensuring long-term sustainability and uptake by farmers."
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