Stories tagged: Howard Minigh

Climate Change TV Interviews Farming First

Picture 2Farming First spokespeople have recently been interviewed by Climate Change TV, a web channel dedicated to discussions of global climate change effects whose content includes interviews with key players involved in the debate.

In a special series focusing on water and agriculture, the channel spoke with four Farming First spokespersons on the subject of food security.

Amy Sullivan is the leader of the Limpopo Basin Focal Project, which is led by FANRPAN and the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) of South Africa on behalf of CGIAR. In this podcast, she discusses the water issues faced by the people living within the Basin, where natural resource access and distribution are unequal. She raises concerns around the need for policy, targeting and priority setting, against a backdrop of international borders.Picture 3

Charlotte Hebebrand is the Chief Executive of the International Food and Agricultural Trade Policy Council. In this video, she analyses the range of implications that climate change may have on food security and trade and insists on the need to focus on trade liberalisation within the Doha Round to ensure a sustainable food supply in the future. She also notes that whilst adaptation and agriculture are crucial to food security, sustained financing is also required.

Howard Minigh is the CEO of CropLife International. In this video, he explains the role that plant science can play in adaptation and mitigation efforts to climate change, helping to increase yield, productivity and reduce the amount of land used. He notes that agriculture is a cross-cutting issue, and needs to be integrated more fully into climate change negotiations.

Isabelle Coche, spokesperson for Farming First, speaks in this podcast about the Farming First recommendations to the negotiations around adopting a climate change Work Plan. In considering the future of agriculture within discussions at Cancún, she observes that one of the important elements is to clarify the measuring and methodology behind carbon capture.

Farming First in China Dialogue: What Would You Tell the G20?

Farming First have contributed to a virtual roundtable on China Dialogue’s website where experts and commentators have been invited to debate the top priorities for world leaders in Toronto this weekend. Speaking on the behalf of the Farming First coalition, Howard Minigh, President and Chief Executive of CropLife International insisted on the need for putting food security first for sustainable development and called on the G8 and G20 to provide support to existing food security initiatives.

The proliferation of aligned, but ultimately separate, food-security initiatives over the past two years suggests a number of roles for the G8 and G20 to play, as core funders of international development.

Farming First, a sustainable-development coalition, believes that G8 and G20 leaders should help proactively guide policymakers to coordinate their efforts to prevent overlapping, competing or disjointed activities in agriculture. Our 129 supporter organisations have compiled a comprehensive “Guide to Food Security Initiatives” ahead of this year’s G8 and G20 summits.

Alongside the need for cohesion, Howard Minigh spoke of the need for collaboration between all stakeholders to effectuate these food security policies successfully.

In these times of austerity we urge world leaders to demand greater transparency on the delivery of these billions and on the impact they are having. Lastly, we urge their governments to engage with all relevant stakeholders, notably farmers, scientists, engineers and industry, on turning enlightened food-security policies into effective and sustainable action on the world’s farms.