In a nutshell
CCGA – Changing Course in Global Agriculture is a project aiming at improving food security, rural welfare and the sustainable use of natural resources through the implementation of sustainable agriculture and food system policies.
868 million people worldwide – and one child out of five – still go hungry in a world where we already produce enough food today to feed the 9 billion people projected to be living in the world in 2050. Current food systems are characterized by food production surpluses and food waste, unsustainable agricultural practices and the marginalization of smallholder farmers. They also contribute to severe environmental and social problems, such as climate change, loss of biodiversity, soil degradation, unemployment, poverty and food insecurity. These interrelated factors were prominently highlighted in the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science, and Technology for Development (IAASTD, 2009).
A world free from hunger and malnutrition can be achieved through a shift to ecological, resilient, diverse and productive sustainable agriculture and food systems, essential for sustainable development, poverty eradication, and realizing the right to adequate food and healthy nutrition. To operate this shift, considerable efforts are required to create a favourable political context and to support policy-makers – both at global and national levels – in designing and implementing sustainable policies in the fields of agriculture and food security. Effective policies and good governance of agriculture and food systems do have the potential to prevent food crises and to contribute to sustained food security. They have demonstrated positive impacts on poverty eradication, income generation, job creation and gender equality, while supporting the conservation of natural resources and mitigating climate change.
In this context, the following international initiatives have presented excellent opportunities for promoting a shift to sustainable agriculture:
- Rio+20 has given momentum to the promotion of sustainable agriculture through the Document “The Future We Want”
- The UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of 2000 will soon be replaced by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for a continuing agenda from 2015 onwards
- The UN Secretary General has launched the Zero Hunger Challenge (ZHC) within the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), thus increasing the influence and importance of the CFS.
The project operates at both the international and the national levels, reaching decision-makers and stakeholders in the area of agriculture and the food systems through policy development processes and supportive planning tools. While actions taken within global fora are crucial to shape the international agenda, interventions at the national levels allow for concrete effect on national policies and institutional arrangements. Moreover, such experiences at the national level serve the purpose of showcasing best practices and feed into the international negotiations.
Multi-stakeholder processes and involvement are at the core of our activities at the international and national levels. Through exchange with decision-makers in the fields of politics, private sector, civil society, farmer communities and research, we work with all concerned stakeholders to develop solutions for sustainability in agriculture and achieving food and nutrition security.