Delegates discuss food security, climate change


The meeting has been organised by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Industry (MNRI) in collaboration with the secretariat of the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC).

An initiative of the Minister for Natural Resources and Industry, Peter Sinon, the meeting is aimed formulating a consolidated and common position of the IOC member states under those above-mentioned themes for submission to the Second Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change to be held on September 3-7 in Hanoi, Vietnam.

This second global conference is co-organised by Vietnam and the Netherlands, in close collaboration with other partners, including the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Bank.

It will allow global leaders, practitioners, private sector, scientists, and civil society to share experiences and demonstrate how early action on Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) can act as a driver of green growth.

It will also be an opportunity to take stock of implementation of CSA since the First Global Conference in November 2010.

Among the topics being discussed at the conference which opened yesterday at the ICCS is how the IOC member states could adapt and achieve food and nutrition security and sovereignty in the face of climate change and other socio-economic and financial challenges.

The role of cooperatives in sustainable agricultural production in the IOC member states is another topic under discussion.

Attending the workshop, which was officially opened by Minister Sinon, are representatives from Mauritius, Madagascar, Comoros and Seychelles, which include local bodies related to climate change and food security.