The availability of and access to food requires resilient food systems and value chains.
Food security is directly influenced by climate variability and, increasingly, by climate change. Periods of heavy rainfall, for example, can reduce crop yields and destroy critical infrastructure. Although some countries have established early warning systems to predict and prepare for periods of food insecurity caused by such events, overall, their current policies and measures tend to be reactive rather than preventative. This reactive approach is the result of limited knowledge about the underlying factors that enable food systems and communities to absorb climate shocks and stresses without undergoing emergency situations. For food systems and communities to be truly food secure and climate resilient, we require both a better understanding of these underlying factors and new ways to monitor how they change over time.
We seek to improve climate resilience and food security through an understanding of the factors that influence the resilience of food systems to climate shocks and stresses. Our experts develop practical indicators to monitor such factors at both the community and national levels. We also work with governments and communities to improve our understanding of how policies affect the climate resilience of food systems.
Why Financing Rural Infrastructure Is Crucial to Achieving Food Security
Financing infrastructure, including roads, storage and localized energy grids, will help provide food security for the millions of people living in hunger worldwide.Read More
How IISD Is Contributing to Inclusive, Global Food Security
We are proud to announce the Canadian Food Security Policy Group (FSPG) recently confirmed IISD as an associate member.Read More
Contract Farming: Challenges and a new tool for success
IISD and FAO have developed a Model Agreement for Responsible Contract Farming to help farmers and responsible buyers address the shortcomings of contract farming.Read More
Can Food Labelling Improvements Reduce Obesity? Belgium Says Yes.
OECD countries have an obesity problem, but the early results of food label change offer hope.Read More
NAFTA Agriculture Clash Distracts From More Important Conversation: Sustainability
Following the NAFTA negotiations has been like riding a roller coaster, holding your breath because you don’t know what shock might be coming...Read More
Could a U.S.–China Trade War Lead to a New Wave of Land Grabs?
A trade war could force China to search for new frontiers to secure its soybean demand and protect its supply chains, leading to another wave of so-called “land grabs.”Read More
Effective Public Investments to Improve Food Security
The world has made significant progress in reducing hunger over the past decade. But hunger remains a major challenge. This policy brief identifies the most effective and efficient ways to invest in improving food security.Read More
Hunger Is On the Rise: Here are three ways to stop it
Hunger levels are rising. Carin Smaller explores how technology could help tackle climate change and end hunger.Read More
IISD Speech: President and CEO Scott Vaughan at the UN Economic and Social Council, 2017 Integrated Segment, New York
IISD President and CEO Scott Vaughan speaking at the UN ESOSOC 2017 Integration Segment on May 8, 2017 in New York.Read More
Private Investments and Agriculture: The importance of integrating sustainability into planning and implementation
Recently, we have seen an increase in large-scale investment into agriculture. An important policy question is to what extent these large-scale agricultural investment contribute to improving local livelihoods, as well as economic and environmental conditions.Read More