The World Bank and Netherlands organized a follow-up to the Hague conference, with a panel including Prime Minister of Ethiopia, US Secretary of Agriculture, Ministers of Agriculture from Vietnam and Uruguay and the Minister of Environment and Development from Norway.
World Bank head, Zoellick, introduced the subject and made the strong case of dealing with agriculture productivity, food security and tackling climate change simultaneously. The win-win-win. He also highlighted the linkages with REDD+ in these efforts.
The picture below illustrates how core agriculture issues have literally been brought into the center of the climate change process. I am thinking of the soil profiles in front of Mr. Zoellick. Soils can mitigate climate change. And they are central to our survival. Surely a win-win we want.
FAO has a key role to play. The sense is that there are many expectations on FAO.
Time to pick up this ball.