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18 June 2012

Agriculture & Rural Dev Day at Rio+20

It is time to rethink how we produce the food, fibre and bioenergy that will sustain our societies and provide livelihoods, whilst also protecting the environment. A profound change in how we manage landscapes is needed. The agriculture, fisheries and forestry sectors offer key solutions for green growth, and are central to food and nutrition security, poverty eradication and biodiversity conservation.

SIANI will be leading a learning event on productive sanitation, agriculture, fisheries and forestry for an equitable green economy

ARDD is designed specifically to examine implementation challenges and successes in moving towards a transformed food system that contributes to an equitable green economy. It will take place in collaboration with other events on agriculture, forestry and food security.

ARD Day 2012 Agenda

The event will be structured around the seven recommendations put forward by the Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change to ensure that the full spectrum of issues across food systems are considered.

Opening plenary: keynote presentation and a high level panel that provides further nuances on a transformed food system

Ten learning sessions: Each learning event will examine mechanisms to improve access to information and enhance interactions among land managers, experts and policy makers

Synthesis of findings: To be reported at another event in Rio+20

The Platform at ARD Day

The Platform is actively involved in the design and the communications strategy of the event. Platform members have been asked to host one of the learning events.

ARD Day and Rio+20

The messages emerging from the ARD Day event will be designed to address the key topics to be debated at the Rio Summit on 20 – 22 June.


From 18 June 2012 at 08:00 to 18 June 2012 at 15:00


Morning Programme

Lessons in Sustainable Landscapes and Livelihoods

8.00 Registration
9.00 Introduction (Facilitator: Samantha Wade)
9.10 Framing the issues: Agriculture’s Journey From Durban to Rio+ and beyond

  • Rachel Kyte, World Bank Vice President for Sustainable Development and CGIAR Fund Council Chair (tbc)
  • Tina Joemat-Pettersson, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Republic of South Africa (tbc)
  • Jorge Alberto Portanova Mendes Ribeiro Filho, Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply, Brazil (tbc)
9.40 Can Agriculture Rise to the Global Challenges?
Gunilla Carlsson, Minister for International Development Cooperation, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Sweden (tbc)
10.00 How Agriculture will Address the Rio+20 Challenges?

  • Mrs. Izabella Vieira Teixeira, Minister of Environment for Brazil (tbc)
  • Kanayo F. Nwanze, President, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
  • Mr. Roberto Rodrigues, President of the Superior Agriculture Council of São Paulo’s Federation of Industries (FIESP) and co-chairman of the Interamerican Ethanol Commission (IEC) and the International Biofuels Commission; former Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, and Supply for Brazil (tbc)
  • Anne Grethe Dalane, Regional Director of Latin America, Yara
  • Dyborn Chibonga, Chief Executive Officer, National Smallholder Farmers Association of Malawi (NASFAM) and World Farmers Organisation (tbc)

Chair: Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, Chief Executive Officer and Head of Diplomatic Mission, FANRPAN

10.45 Introduction to the Learning Events
11.00 Coffee break
11.30 Parallel Learning Events: Integration and action for sustainable landscapes and livelihoods
(Choice of one out of 12 learning events, each one 1.5 hours)
13.00 Lunch and networking
Afternoon Programme

Science for a Food Secure Future

14.30 Rachel Kyte, World Bank Vice President for Sustainable Development and CGIAR Fund Council Chair: (tbc)
Is Science ready to address the Rio+ challenges?
14.45 Dr. Mary Robinson, Chair, The Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice, former President of Ireland and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights: (tbc)
Social justice in a new era: can science help move the agenda forward?
15.00 Dr. Pedro Arraes, President of Embrapa: (tbc)
Science and technology success stories for poverty alleviation and economic development
15.15 Dr. Frank Rijsberman, CEO of the CGIAR Consortium:
Responding to the global challenges for a food secure future
15.30 Coffee break
16.00 Showcasing progress towards a food secure future (Parallel events, e.g. Addressing gender equity in access to natural resources; Household nutrition security; Sustainable intensification of small scale farming; Strategic partnership; Securing long-term funding; Building regional learning platforms for future scenarios)
17.15 Taking messages from the day forward to Rio+20 and beyond

  • Synthesis of messages: Amir Mahmoud Abdulla, Deputy Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer, World Food Programme (tbc)
  • Panel response: Ann Tutwiler, Deputy Director General, FAO; Carl Hausmann, Vice Chair, CGIAR Consortium Board (tbc); Minister for Rural Development of Brazil (tbc)
18.00 Closing and Reception

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