Hello UF BEST community, I am forwarding this message concerning a recent report for your information.
Kathleen Pagan, Alachua County Growth Management

From: The Chicago Council on Global Affairs [mailto:[log in to unmask]]

Dear Colleague:

We are writing to share with you a recent Chicago Council on Global Affairs' report on the climate change and food security nexus.

The global food system is growing increasingly fragile even as it needs to become both more resilient and more productive to cope with soaring demand amid dwindling natural resources. This challenge is compounded by climate change, which is projected to reduce growth in the global food supply by 2 percent each decade for the rest of the century, due to water shortages or flooding, greater natural disasters, and higher temperatures.

Last month, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs released a policy report, Advancing Global Food Security in the Face of a Changing Climate<>, that builds on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports and the US National Climate Assessment and examines in depth how climate change and weather volatility will undermine food production and put food supplies at risk. The report puts forward a roadmap for advancing adaptation and mitigation globally through passing legislation for a long-term global food security strategy, revitalizing investments in research, especially around specific priorities, radically improving data collection, and making food security a central focus of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals.

A bipartisan group<> of scientific, business, and policy leaders led by us have endorsed the report's recommendations. The principal author, Gerald C. Nelson, is a leading expert on climate change and food security. The report was released at the Chicago Council’s Global Food Security Symposium 2014<>. Speakers included Susan E. Rice, US National Security Advisor; Tom Vilsack, US Secretary of Agriculture; and Rajiv Shah, Administrator for the US Agency for International Development.

The Global Agricultural Development Initiative, supported by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, aims to inform and build support in the US Administration, Congress, and policy circles for a long-term US commitment to agriculture as a tool for poverty alleviation, food security, and economic growth. Each year, The Chicago Council releases a report on a prominent issue related to agricultural development and puts forward recommendations for how the US government, in partnership with business and civil society, might better tailor its policies.

This report supports the numerous efforts already underway to inform policymakers and other stakeholders about the opportunity the US has to leverage its scientific institutions in order to meet current and future weather volatility and climate change challenges. We hope that you find it to be meaningful and relevant to your efforts, as well of those of your colleagues and students. For further information, please have your office reach out to Meagan Keefe, assistant director, global agriculture and food, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, via email ([log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>) or by phone (+312.821.7522). Thank you for your interest and your leadership on these important issues.

Dan Glickman
Global Agricultural Development Initiative

US Department of Agriculture (1995-2001)

US House of Representatives (1977-1995)

Doug Bereuter
Global Agricultural Development Initiative

President Emeritus
The Asia Foundation

US House of Representatives (1979-2004)

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