DATE: 1 November 2011
PLACE: Heinrich Boell Foundation, Berlin
LANGUAGE: English with simultaneous translation into German
Nearly one billion people worldwide suffer from hunger and chronic malnutrition, over 200 million in Sub-Saharan Africa alone. One reason is the structural poverty. But speculation in food products in world markets, lack of investment in sustainable agriculture and leached soils are among reasons for the food crisis. Climate change further aggravates this situation and could become the biggest obstacle in the fight against hunger.
Climate and food crisis requires a rapid and decisive reversal of policy making. The seventeenth Conference of the Parties (COP 17) of the UN Convention on Climate change in Durban has to answer to the need of African states for the financial support for sustainable rural development. At the symposium the question "How can agriculture feed a growing population while providing answers to the challenges of climate change?" will be discussed with the contribution of:
* To be confirmed