Food security and climate change: global issues that require a global response

In order to survive, human beings have to eat and over the course of their life span most human feel the sun, rain, snow or wind on their skin.  Therefore from cradle to grave we all engage with food in some form and we are all aware of  the weather and how it impacts on many aspects of our lives.  Food security and climate change are consequently vitally important topics that have the potential to touch us all in one way or another.

Issues relating to food security and climate change are being discussed across the globe. The governments of the UK and Brazil, and the Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) will co-host a high-level international meeting, Nutrition for Growth: Beating Hunger through Business and Science on 8 June in central London Climate change is on the international agenda, for example, the UN hosted the Bonn Climate Change conference in April 2013 .  Food security is on the agenda for The G20 and Rio+20 meetings.  Food security and climate change are global issues that require a global response.

Responding will mean bringing together evidence from various disciplines in order to better understand our complex food and weather systems.  Experts from across a diverse range of disciplines from The University of Glasgow and beyond will post articles for debate and discussion here over the coming months.  They will highlight work that is contributing to the transformational change called for by Dr Christine Negra (coordinator of the Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change).

"Increasingly, the global community of policy makers, agricultural producers, agribusinesses, global development partners, researchers and civil society are recognizing their collective responsibility and power to shift policy, mobilize financial resources, gain on-the-ground experience, share knowledge and re-shape supply chains and consumption patterns. As the growing set of sustainability initiatives begin to align their actions, this will escalate momentum for transformational change in policies and practices" (Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security).

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