About this Digest on Agriculture & Development
- Source for this Digest
- Current Status
- Digest Publication History
1. Source for this Digest
Professor Robert Watson
If we do persist with business as usual, the world’s people cannot be fed
over the next half-century. It will mean more environmental degradation, and the
gap between the haves and have-nots will further widen. We have an opportunity
now to marshal our intellectual resources to avoid that sort of future.
Otherwise we face a world no one would want to inhabit.
, Director of the IAASTD Secretariat
Dr. Hans R Herren
On a global scale, we have been producing sufficient food for an ever
growing population. But this has been done at a cost that has left deep
physical, biological and social scars, that now need the full attention of the
scientific, moral and political authorities. This assessment highlights the
presents reality and identifies options for action in a candid and sober manner.
, World Food Prize Laureate, Co-Chair of the
Professor Judi Wakhungu
We cannot continue to work independently in our silos. We have an
array of agricultural knowledge, science & technology tools that can
solve the pressing food security challenges that we face.
, Co-Chair of the IAASTD
The texts quoted in level 2 are directly sourced from the
" Executive Summary of
the Synthesis Report of the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and
Technology for Development"
(IAASTD) which was adopted at the
Johannesburg plenary session of 7-12 April 2008.
The IAASTD addresses how to make better use of agricultural science, knowledge and
technology to reduce hunger and poverty, improve rural livelihoods, and foster
equitable and sustainable development.
Released on 15 April 2008, it represents a three-year effort by about 400 experts
around the world working under the auspices of governments and representatives of
civil society including nongovernmental organizations, producer and consumer groups
and international organizations.
The executive summary of the IAASTD synthesis report was fully approved by the
governments of 57 countries and welcomed with some reservations by the governments
of 3 countries (Australia, Canada & USA). Countries are listed in the
introductory statement and specific reservations in the Annex of the executive
The assessment was sponsored by the
World Bank and the Global Environment
Facility (GEF), an independent financial organization that provides grants to
developing countries. Five U.N. agencies were involved: the Food and Agricultural
Organization (FAO), the U.N.
Development Program (UNDP), the
U.N. Environment Programme
(UNEP), the U.N. Education,
Science and Cultural Organization
(UNESCO) and the World Health
Organization (WHO). Additional
individuals, organizations and governments participated in a peer review process.
The Level 1 is a faithful summary of the IAASTD Synthesis Report. It was produced
under contract with
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2. Current Status
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3. Digest Publication History
is designed to ensure as high a degree of objectivity as possible.
The first draft of this digest was produced by the GreenFacts Editorial
Team in January 2008.
Preliminary and Peer review
The final draft of this digest was produced in February 2008 by GreenFacts
after peer review by scientists involved in the drafting of the IAASTD
report. The peer-review was coordinated by Dr Beverly McIntire
(World Bank) and
Professor Rik Leemans (Wageningen University) (see our
- Roger Leakey (John Cook University, Australia)
- Stephen Biggs (University of East Anglia, UK)
- Janice Jiggins (Wageningen University,
Final publication was authorized by the President of the GreenFacts
Scientific Board in April 2008, and the digest published on 15 April
15 April 2008
Agriculture & Development: New pressing challenges identified
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