Dozens of civil society organizations have sent a statement of concern to the organizers of theGlobal Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change on Sunday, 31 October—the first day of the conference. The six day conference in The Hague was organized by the Government of the Netherlands in cooperation with the Governments of Ethiopia, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, and Vietnam, as well as the World Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
The conference aims to produce concrete measures for linking agricultural policies and investments to low-carbon, climate resilient agricultural approaches. The organizers are attempting to make agriculture more central in climate negotiations at the upcoming Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Cancun, Mexico later this month. The civil society statement of concern supports that effort, but expresses serious doubts about the process—saying “top down solutions are not legitimate solutions.”
The civil society statement outlined what its signatories considered essential if the process at the conference was going to support “fair and effective solutions to the agriculture and climate crises.” The statement demanded: