Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change Releases Hanoi Communiqué

7 September 2012: Delegates and high-level representatives shared experiences and advocated developing integrated policies that build partnerships with the private sector and encourage financial innovation on climate-smart agriculture during the Second Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change: Hunger for Action.

The Second Global Conference, held in Hanoi, Viet Nam, from 3-7 September 2012, followed the First Global Conference held in 2010, and included over 500 delegates from 150 countries and 20 international organizations. The conference concluded with the adoption of the Hanoi Communiqué, a Co-Chair's Summary that presents a strategy encouraging landscape approaches to integrate agriculture, forests, fisheries and water resources, and strengthening private sector involvement.

The Communiqué highlights a people-centered approach that strengthens knowledge and access to information and inputs, alongside locally adapted interventions. It presents new and integrated approaches that promote green growth for future-oriented policies and governance. It also highlights the need to manage climate risks and price volatility, through improved international coordination and information sharing, and the development of safety net programmes and social protection networks. The Communiqué stresses: the role of public and private investment in science, innovation and applied research; the need to promote the engagement of entrepreneurs; the development of partnerships to engage all stakeholders; and the role of accessible financing for sustainable agriculture.

During the days preceding the high-level session, delegates considered: progress achieved since the First Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change; food security and volatility in markets and food prices; climate-smart agriculture as a driver for green growth, with links among water, energy and agriculture; agriculture-forest linkages; policy scenarios; and unlocking private sector financing for climate-smart agriculture.

The meeting was supported by the World Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation of the Netherlands, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Viet Nam. The Third Global Conference will take place in South Africa in 2013. [World Bank Blog on Second Global Conference] [Hanoi Communiqué] [Second Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change Website]