Summary for Decision Makers of the Global Report

Beintema, Nienke, Bossio, Deborah, Dreyfus, Fabrice, Fernandez, Maria, Gurib-Fakim, Ameenah, Hurni, Hans, Izac, Anne-Marie, Jiggins, Janice, Kranjac-Berisavljevic, Gordana, Leakey, Roger, Ochola, Washington, Osman-Elasha, Balgis, Plencovich, Cristina, Roling, Niels, Rosegrant, Mark, Rosenthal, Erika, and Smith, Linda (2009) Summary for Decision Makers of the Global Report. International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development, Washinton, DC, USA, pp. 1-36.

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Abstract

The objective of the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) was to assess the impacts of past, present and future agricultural knowledge, science and technology on the:

• reduction of hunger and poverty,

• improvement of rural livelihoods and human health, and

• equitable, socially, environmentally and economically sustainable development.

The IAASTD was initiated in 2002 by the World Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) as a global consultative process to determine whether an international assessment of agricultural knowledge, science and technology was needed. Mr. Klaus Töepfer, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) opened the first Intergovernmental Plenary (30 August-3 September 2004) in Nairobi, Kenya, during which participants initiated a detailed scoping, preparation, drafting and peer review process.

The outputs from this assessment are a Global and five Sub-Global reports; a Global and five Sub-Global Summaries for Decision Makers; and a cross-cutting Synthesis Report with an Executive Summary. The Summaries for Decision Makers and the Synthesis Report specifically provide options for action to governments, international agencies, academia, research organizations and other decision makers around the world.

The reports draw on the work of hundreds of experts from all regions of the world who have participated in the preparation and peer review process. As has been customary in many such global assessments, success depended first and foremost on the dedication, enthusiasm and cooperation of these experts in many different but related disciplines. It is the synergy of these interrelated disciplines that permitted IAASTD to create a unique, interdisciplinary regional and global process.

Item ID: 10747
Item Type: Book (Non-Commercial)
Keywords: tropical biology, sustainable development, agricultural science, agricultural technology, production, livelihoods, environmental sustainability, social sustainability, agricultural policy
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2010 04:36
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070108 Sustainable Agricultural Development @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences @ 33%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970107 Expanding Knowledge in the Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences @ 33%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970114 Expanding Knowledge in Economics @ 34%
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