Source: © 2011 M. Henley/Panos
China's Yellow River during drought.


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Rio+20 conference participants should integrate economic, social, and environmental sustainability in their discussions and commit to concrete action on long-term development challenges, including poor nutrition, degraded soils, and scarce water.IFPRI Global Food Policy Report, 2012

Heads of state gathering in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 20-22 June, 2012 for the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development are tasked with the challenge of designing a green economy that integrates sustainable development and poverty eradication.

IFPRI-led Rio+20 side event

Feeding the World: Sustainable Agriculture & Innovation
16 Jun 2012

The Rio+20 commitment to “free humanity from hunger and want through the eradication of all forms of poverty and strive for societies which are just, equitable and inclusive, for economic stability and growth that benefits all” is already written into the Rio+20 ‘zero draft,’ the document prepared by national delegates that will form the basis of the final treaty. But how, exactly, this pledge will be realized on the ground has yet to be determined.

IFPRI’s research touches upon many of the issues on the Rio+20 table—including food security and sustainable agriculture, as well as climate change, land degradation, desertification, and water scarcity. The research, viewpoints, and events highlighted on this page can be used by delegates to ensure that a greener world economy will not come at the expense of the poor and the hungry.

Bibliography of Rio+20 articles in external sources by IFPRI authors