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Accommodation levels in Rio de Janeiro are anticipated to be at full occupancy during the conference. While it is not the responsibility of the United Nations to procure accommodation for the media, it should be noted that the Brazilian national organizing committee for Rio+20 has committed to blocking a minimum of 500 hotel rooms in Rio de Janeiro for media covering the conference. Costs must be covered by the media. For more details, visit: For information regarding room availability please contact: Terramar Travel Agency

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Media representatives must present their approval letter and copy when requesting their accommodations.


Opportunities for action in 2012
2012 holds some key opportunities for world leaders to discuss the ever present challenge of feeding 9 billion people by 2050. While achieving global food security is a multi-faceted issue, developing productive, sustainable, equitable and resilient agriculture is an important part of the solution.
Sub-Saharan Africa in particular faces a number of challenges as a region that make it an important focus for action. An estimated 80 percent of all African farms (33 million farms) are smallholders, based on the World Bank?s definition of those with a low asset base operating less than two hectares of cropland. Despite increases in other parts of the world, average African cereal yields remain at little over one tonne per hectare. In 2011, there were an estimated 239 million hungry people or 26 percent of the world?s undernourished population living in Africa. In addition, also in 2011, the UN formally declared a state of famine in five regions of Somalia and announced that more than 12 million people across the Horn of Africa were estimated to need outside humanitarian assistance. As Steve Wiggins of the Overseas Development Institute has said, ?Africa is not in crisis but some African countries are?.
In September Agriculture for Impact attended a G20 meeting on agricultural research for development hosted in Montpellier to discuss how G20 members can better work together to support agricultural development and innovation. The results of this meeting will hopefully be reflected in the Cannes G20 declaration. The objectives of the meeting were to:
? promote scientific partnerships between agricultural research institutions of the G20;
? coordinate agricultural research systems of the G20 to enhance political coherence by a better global coordination and a more efficient contribution to CGIAR research programmes;
? develop a G20 viewpoint for agricultural research for development, in order to prepare for GCARD 2, to be held in Uruguay in 2012.
The agenda and the background concept paper provide more information about the content of the meeting.
The French presidency of the G20 has given an important public platform to the issue of food price volatility, and the hope is that when G20 leaders meet in November they will make a strong commitment to working together to tackle this issue and supporting food security measures that build resilience for smallholder farmers.
Agriculture for Impact?s Gordon Conway also spoke at an OECD/FAO meeting in Paris on greening the economy with agriculture last month which will feed into FAO preparations for Rio UNCSD 2012 (Rio +20). This meeting was part of the process in building up the case for agriculture and food as an outcome of Rio +20.
And most recently Conway spoke at a conference hosted by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission about how science can best support food security and global governance. This discussion will feed into European Commission on how they should allocate their budget for the next financial perspective starting in 2014.
Keeping the needs of farmers, and particularly smallholders, as a high priority in these international meetings will not be easy. But it will be vital if we are to make progress on tackling the growing challenge of feeding the world. Please join the conversation about how best to do this by contacting Agriculture for Impact on Twitter @Ag4Impact and by commenting on posts on the new blog.

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