Advancing Global Food Security in the Face of a Changing Climate

Guest blog by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs

 

Source: The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Source: The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

 

Immediately following the Building Resilience for Food & Nutrition Security Conference, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs convened its annual Global Food Security Symposium in Washington, DC.  Shenggen Fan presented results from the 2020 Conference on a high level panel on managing the risks associated with volatile weather, changing climates, and resource scarcity.  The symposium covered a range of resilience issues focusing specifically on how the US government—in partnership with business, civil society, and international organizations—can advance global food security in the face of weather volatility and climate change.

 

At the event, The Chicago Council released a policy report, Advancing Global Food Security in the Face of a Changing Climate that builds on the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports and the US National Climate Assessment and examines in depth how climate change and weather volatility will undermine food production and put food supplies at risk. The report puts forward a roadmap for advancing adaptation and mitigation globally through passing legislation for a long-term global food security strategy, revitalizing investments in research, especially around specific priorities, radically improving data collection, and making food security a central focus of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.