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United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). 
Trade and Environment Review 2013:
Wake up before it is too late: Make agriculture truly sustainable now for food security in a changing climate

By Charles Merfield

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) released a major new report in September 2013 calling for “a paradigm shift in agricultural development: from a "green revolution" to a "truly ecological intensification" approach.  This implies a rapid and significant shift from conventional, monoculture-based and high external-input-dependent industrial production towards mosaics of sustainable, regenerative production systems...”

Over 60 international experts contributed to the report which is a comprehensive analysis of the challenges and the most suitable strategic approaches for dealing holistically with the inter-related problems facing agriculture today including climate change and environmental sustainability.  

Read the summary and download the full report from the UNCTAD website