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Global Panel statement on climate change, food systems and nutrition

“The Global Panel on Agriculture, Food Systems and Nutrition1 strongly believes that urgent policy action is needed to tackle the challenges that climate change poses to agriculture, nutrition, and human health.”

Evidence shows that changing climate conditions will have important impacts on agricultural production and the quality of food and nutrition available to billions of people. In October 2015, the Global Panel released a brief entitled Climate Smart Food Systems for Enhanced Nutrition.

The Statement

The Global Panel make the following policy recommendations:

  1. Include diet quality goals with adaptation targets proposed for climate action.
  2. Diversify agricultural investments, factoring in the local realities of ecological sustainability and comparative advantage.
  3. Support greater food-system efficiency so that outputs per unit of water, energy, land and other inputs are optimised and the footprint of agriculture and non-farm activities are better managed to meet both food demand and higher-quality diets.
  4. Integrate measures to improve climate change resilience and the nutritional value of crop and livestock products along the value chain, from production to marketing.
  5. Protect the diet quality of the poor in the face of supply shocks and growing food demand through social protection, for example.
  6. Promote the generation and use of rigorous evidence on appropriate investments along food value chains which are resilient to climate change and deliver positive dietary outcomes and support improved nutrition.

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References

1 The Global Panel is an independent group of influential experts with a commitment to tackling global challenges in food and nutrition security.

www.glopan.org/news/climate-change-statement

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Global Panel statement on climate change, food systems and nutrition. Nutrition Exchange 6, May 2016. p6. www.ennonline.net/nex/6/globalpanelstatement

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