Climate Conference of Madrid, Spain
The start of week two began with the excitement of receiving our official badges at the conference! Eager to begin my adventure at the COP I spent most of the afternoon attending talks on how to achieve food security and agriculture advancement. Many of the lectures revolved around why farmers deserve to be recognized and how they play a major role in climate change. Farmers can help with integrating livestock and production so that we can have better consumption while tackling climate change.
Food security revolves around an ENTIRE chain of events. This includes the availability and access over time, the nutrition of food at all times, and the sustainability throughout production. Farmers need more support and financial aid for the work they put in which helps us achieve food security.
A big part of food security and agriculture includes the amount of undernourished people in the world. An example used compared whether someone being born in the year of a drought or major flooding would suffer more malnutrition than if you were not born in a year where there was major flooding or a drought. Therefore, climate change is affecting our health and we must take action now to sustain proper nutrition throughout the world.
The amount of uncertainty that comes along with climate change is hard to grasp. Facts and data only cover so much and there is still much more to discover. However, without a doubt food production IS changed by climate change and we know that now. Areas are already being impacted and some are suffering greatly. We rely on agriculture for food production and if anything, this is an easy concept to visualize and see that even on the day to day scale, climate change impacts us.
So what’s the next step?
The agriculture plan and the system between partners must use demonstrations that are actually working to help the food security and actually make profit.
Farmers and meteorologist MUST communicate and this will lead to a NEW generation of climatologists. Communication between those that provide climate information (climate scientists) and those who use climate information (farmers) need to have better connection in the future for sustainability (so… today).
These small farmers throughout the world have limited certainty due to climate change and have slim windows when predicting food production. They simply cannot get it wrong, not once.
The concept is simple; farmers bring the land and the skills, not the NGOs.
Sustaining climate change and analyzing protection strategies is one way to keep everything running on a positive note. RIGHT NOW we have enough food for everyone according to consumption patterns. The most prevalent are vegetables, fruits, and grains. Consumers are pushing for a more sustainable path; however we lose 1/3 of food in the world to waste/lost.
We MUST have more patience and discipline when it comes to food security and agriculture. Making a commitment to demonstrations that will actually work is a step in the right direction. Farmers absolutely deserve to make a living and consumers must recognize the value of food and the farmers that are behind the production of food.
Knowing WHAT we eat and WHY we eat it is also part of sustainability. Raising awareness on this cause is key to the long term negotiations that we are all striving toward. Awareness should start at a young age (kindergarten perhaps) and this should help educate youth so that we can produce a healthier generation. A healthy generation means more nutritious food and less health problems in the future for people to worry about.
All institutions working together for a real solution include the World Farmers Organization and why their voice of empowerment must be told.
Farmers are the agents of change!