The report calls on the U.S. government to integrate climate change adaptation into its global food security strategy. Recommendations include:
According to the 2014 Chicago Council Survey, 90 percent of Americans say combating hunger is an important goal for U.S. foreign policy and 65 percent of Americans believe economic aid to Africa should be sustained or increased.
“As a global leader in agriculture, the United States should act now,” said Dan Glickman, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and cochair of the study. “It has much to gain by doing so: the continued productivity of the U.S. farm sector, strong international agricultural markets, more stable societies and demonstration of its national commitment to food and nutrition security for the world’s people.”
A bipartisan group of scientific, business and policy leaders led by former Congressmen Glickman (D), and Doug Bereuter, president emeritus of The Asia Foundation (R), have endorsed the report’s recommendations. Gerald C. Nelson, a leading expert on climate change and food security, was the principal author.
“History has shown that with adequate resources and support, agriculture can meet growing production demands and adapt to some changes in climate,” said Bereuter. “But greater emphasis on adaptation must begin now.”
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and PepsiCo provided generous support for The Chicago Council’s report.