Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Food crisis and Land Crisis?

The Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Luc Gnacadja warns in a press release issued 19/04 that the current food security crisis needs to be examined in line with the environmental change such as desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD). A new strategy to engage the international community and its collective action to combat DLDD must be implemented in this context, in order to prevent negative impacts, notably on the poorest countries, and to improve food security and access to water.

"We need to greatly intensify efforts on combating land degradation and drought impacts in areas affected by this emerging global crisis. Global rise in food prices will continue if measures on sustainable land management and soil protection are not implemented and if the decreasing of arable land is not halted."

United Nation Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD): Food crisis and Land Crisis?

Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) CSD-16 Review Session (5-16 May 2008).
Mr. Francis D.C. Nhema, Minister of Environment and Tourism (Zimbabwe), was elected by the Commission on Sustainable Development as the Chair of its 16th session (CSD-16). He is the Minister of Environment and Tourism of Zimbabwe and has been a Member of Parliament since 2000.