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More walking, less talking


“Is our talk aggressive enough?” was a provocation disguised as a question from an audience member during the CFS44 side event, Key achievements in the fight against climate change in light of the 2012 HLPE recommendations. Indeed, the data looks dire, and the threats are well…threatening. Clearly there is an urgency to act as food security is increasingly threatened by climate change. Many of our efforts seem to be too little, too late, at best. But we all know that by now. We’ve heard it time and time again. So, the burning question is what are we to do? Panelists in this side event urge us to now “walk the talk”, the only way forward.

First, we must acknowledge that over the years, through trial and error, negotiations, deals, arduous projects, and so on and so forth, important strides in the right direction have been made. For instance, there has been a surge in climate change policies, which are now being integrated into food security policies at the national level, supporting the most vulnerable groups. The French Ambassador Delphine Borione also highlighted the potential of a French initiative, 4 per 1000. The idea is to increase the quantity of carbon in soils in order to counteract the annual increase of CO2 in the atmosphere. But perhaps most importantly, after 21 years of climate talk, agriculture is now acknowledged as a vital part of the discussion. Member States have recognized the comprehensive relationship between environment, food and production.

Still, “is our talk aggressive enough”? What still needs to be done? Should we be running rather than walking?

Read the full post on the CFS blog here.

This blogpost covers the CFS44 side event “‘Walk the talk’: Key achievements in the fight against climate change in light of the 2012 HLPE recommendations”

Blogpost by Mirna Franic, #CFS44 Social Reporter – M.Franic(at)>
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This post is part of the live coverage during the 44th Session of the Committee on World Food Security, a project supported by GFAR. This post is written by one of our social reporters, and represents the author’s views only.

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