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Rio + 20

The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA) is calling for concerted efforts to tackle chronic hunger through sustainable agriculture at the upcoming United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD/Rio +20) taking place from 20-22 June in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

At the conference, the EAA will highlight recent research and case studies that demonstrate the feasibility of scaling up agro-ecological food production. These methods are based on natural and sustainable processes that use local knowledge and support viable farming communities.

The EAA and its members are organizing two side events at UNCSD/Rio +20 and coordinating events related to food at the People’s Summit.



Rio Outcomes

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD/Rio +20)  took place from 20-22 June in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. At the conference, EAA member organizations, through the “Food for Life” campaign, called on world leaders to realise the environmental, social and economic benefits of smallholder-based agro-ecological food production, and to commit to shifting their focus to supporting the scaling-up of sustainable food production using these methods. The campaign calls on leaders to implement the International Agricultural Assessment on Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) recommendations in research, policy and practice, as a guide to more sustainable methods of food production.

Despite our call for concerted efforts to tackle chronic hunger through sustainable agriculture, governments have failed to take the bold action. While the final conference outcome document, “The Future We Want”, acknowledges and reaffirms the right of everyone to adequate food, it does not clearly commit to the agro-ecological paradigm shift required to feed the world’s population sustainably and justly. The document leaves the door open for greater intensification of industrial agriculture – a system that has proved unsuccessful in eradicating hunger sustainably and has led to near collapse of ecosystems and communities.

While Rio+20 has defined a process for articulating ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ to guide future development processes, it has not provided sufficient and appropriate content for those goals, and has missed the opportunity to shift global agriculture onto a path towards ecological sustainability and justice for the hungry.

Definitely not the Future We Want!


Outcome Documentation

The Future We Want - Final Outcome Document - United Nations


Statement from NGOs


Declaracion Final - Cumbre de los Pueblos en la Rio+20


Religions for Rights on Food Security and Agriculture-Final Statement




Events Held During Rio + 20

What Investments are Needed to Scale up Agro-Ecology? EAA, APRODEV, Misereor & FIMARC

Agriculture Principles and Climate Change CIDSE, EAA, Misereor, SRD & CCFD

Good Practices of Sustainable Agriculture and the IAASTD ReportEED, Brot für Alle, HEKS, EAA & Fastenopfer

Agro-Ecological Farming can Nourish the World: in Practice Franciscans International, EAA & Dominicans for Justice and Peace

Scaling-Up Agro-Ecological Food Production EAA

Food Waste and Post Harvest Losses EED & EAA



Previous Expectations for Rio+20

Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance - Nourishing the World Sustainably: Scaling Up Agro-ecology


Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance - In the Beginning: A Theological Reflection on Agro-ecological farming


If RIO+20 is to Deliver, Accountability Must Be at its Heart - UN Open Letter


If RIO+20 is to Deliver, Accountability Must be at its Heart - UN Background Note


APRODEV - Cartoon calling for change of European/Global Unsustainable Agriculture


APRODEV - Open Letter on Future of European Seed Law



Letter to European Commissioner on Agricultural and Rural Development on Rio+20


APRODEV - CAP Lobby Brief 7 - Mitigating GHG emissions and promoting sustainable agriculture


APRODEV & PELUM - Briefing on African Agricultural Research: Why CAAPD should follow IAASTD


Ecumenical Framework Position for RIO+20


ChristianAID - REDD+ In Latin America and the Caribbean: Does it Work for Local Communities?


ChristianAID - Rio+20 Planning Brief


CIDSE Recommendations - The Changes We Need for the Future We Want


CIDSE Flyer - Joint Statement on Rio+20


Progressio - A 'Waterproofed' Rio+20 for the Future We Need


Franciscans International, Edmund Rice International, Dominicans for Justice and Peace, and Others - Joint Statement regarding Rio+20 Concerns


Lutheran World Federation and World Council of Churches - Joint Submission for the Compilation Document for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20)


Mitigating Greenhouse Gases in Agriculture - A Challenge and Opportunity for Agricultural Policies


Caritas Internationalis - Rio+20 - The Future from the Caritas Perspective




Fast For Life