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1.0 Press Materials

Press Materials
Press Releases
IAASTD Nairobi launch press release
IAASTD India launch press release 1
IAASTD India launch press release 2
Tackling food crisis? Be informed first - New Delhi, 6 February 2009
Agriculture does not need 'business as usual'- January 22 2009
GLOBAL: Agriculture- The Need for Change
CWANA: Water Shortages Threaten Farming from Kazakhstan to Morocco
ESAP: Major Report Puts Development at Heart of Asia-Pacific Security
NAE: "Business as Usual is Not an Option"
SSA: African Farming Fails to Reach Potential
Civil Society Statement: A New Era of Agriculture Begins Today
Declaración de la Sociedad Civil: Una nueva era de la agricultura empieza hoy
Pesticide Action Network: 57 Countries Endorse Real Revolution in Agriculture
IFOAM: ...A Step in the Right Direction

CropLife International: Science and Technology are Key to Growing More Food

Greenpeace: Urgent Changes Needed in Global Farming Practices to Avoid Environmental Destruction
BioVision Foundation: Launch of the World Agriculture Report


Guidance in a Time of Crisis: IAASTD and the Human Right to Food

Agriculture for Development Agricultura y Desarrollo Agriculture et Developpement

Facts on Agriculture and Development

Video: Global Press Launch Slide Presentation Audio: US Press Launch

IAASTD Video: English IAASTD Video: Español Video: A Call to Action
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Plenary Opening Remarks by UNEP's Achim Steiner Audio mp4: 20.7 MB
(Download Quicktime player)

Audio: Guardian Interview with Bob Watson- April 15, 2008

World Agroforestry Center: East Africa Press Launch (Article and Photos)

In the News

Don't Put All Your Eggs in One Food Basket: Experts Sindh Today, Pakistan, September 15, 2008

Organic Agriculture, Instead of Chemicals, for Food Security in Africa Bonner Wirtschaftsblog, Bonn, August 29, 2008

GM Seeds Pose More Problems than Natual Varieties Business Daily, Nairobi, August 28, 2008

Both Sides are Probably Wrong New Statesman, August 28, 2008

Bob Watson: How to Help the Small Scale Farmer Presentation to ECOSOC, 2008

Redifining our Agricultural Future ECOS, July, 2008

Doubts about GM Crops Science, July 25, 2008

Olivier De Schutter: The Right to Food World Food Security Conferece, Rome, June 3-5, 2008

Stjepan Mesic: Address to FAO Global Food Safety Summit Rome, June 3, 2008

Mira Kamdar: The Threat to Global Food Shortages Business Standard, India, May 30, 2008

Rethinking Agriculture's Research to Meet People's Needs IPP Media, May 28, 2008

Michel Pimbert: Lack of Food is a "Persistent Myth" Tierramerica, May 26, 2008

Nalka on iso Haaste Tutkimukselle Vieraskyna, Finland, May 26, 2008

Market and Community Approaches to Food Crisis Policy Innovations, May 23, 2008

Farm and Function: Agriculture Produces More Than Just Crops Grist, May 22, 2008

Groundbreaking report offers holistic remedies... Rodale Institute, May 20, 2008

Ricardo Ramirez: Food Production is Not Enough The Star, May 19, 2008

Time for an Organic-GM Peace Treaty Nutraingredients, May 19, 2008

A Challenge for the World, an Opportunity for Canada The Star, May 17, 2008

Genetically Modified Crops Not a Solution to Poverty... The Cheers, Estonia, May 15, 2008

Bob Watson Testimony House of Representatives, May 14, 2008

Change in Agriculture Can Meet Food Needs: IAASTD Pakistan Observer, May 12, 2008

Gov't Urged to Look Into Report on Solving Poverty GMA News, Philippines, May 10, 2008

Southern Africa: Small can be Beautiful InterPress Service, May 7, 2008

Global Crisis on Our Plate Online Opinion, Australia, May 5, 2008

Mexico: No Place for Small Farmers at the Supermarket Tierramerica, May 2, 2008

Editorial: Off the Rails or On the Mark Nature Biotechnology, May, 2008

Food Fights: Predation vs Protection by the Other Axis of Logic, MA, April 30, 2008

The Public is Proved Right: GM Crops are No Panacea The Guardian, April 30, 2008

Growth Factors The Guardian, April 30, 2008

Kenya: Why We Can't Wish Away GMO's Business Daily, Nairobi, April 30, 2008

Kenya: Agricultural Extension Work Both Important and Under-Valued InterPress Service, April 27, 2008

Food Prices Dim BioFuel Glow Asia Times, April 26, 2008

Douglas Southgate: Starve the Poor? How About Free Trade in Food, April 25, 2008

Global Crisis on Our Plate The Australian, April 23, 2008

Farm Systems Need to Be Overhauled The Star Online, April 21, 2008

Achim Steiner: For Future Peace,...the Great Agricultural Challenge Sydney Morning Herald, April 21, 2008

Owen Hembry: Radical Change Vital for Global Food Crops The New Zealand Herald, April 21, 2008

Africa: ...Agricultural Productivity ...Environmental Footprint InterPress Service, April 21, 2008

Govt Rejects GM Report Due to Vested Interests FarmOnline: Stock and Land, April 21, 2008

"Exposed: The Great GM Crop Mytha The Independent, April 20, 2008

"...There is a Disconnect:" Interview with Washington Ochola InterPress Service, April 20, 2008

Groundbreaking Report..Holistic Remedies for Famine Relief and... The Rodale Institute, April 19, 2008

The UN's Latest Study Has Told Us to Starve the Poor The China Post, April 19, 2008

Change in Farming can Feed World People and, April 19, 2008

S&T Has Vital Role in Sustainable Farming SciDev Net, April 18, 2008

Agriculture at a Crossroads Science, April 18, 2008

Global Farming Report 'Underplays' Tech Role ABC Science Online, April 18, 2008

Dominic Lawson: Feed the World? The Independent, April 18, 2008

Die Preise werden auch künftig hoch sein Tages Anzeiger, April 17, 2008

UN Panel Urges Changes to Feed Poor While Saving Environment NYTimes, April 16, 2008

UN Report Demands Urgent Action on Soaring Food Prices The Independent, April 16, 2008

Report: Public, Private Sectors Need to Support Food Security Dow Jones, April 16, 2008

Modern Farming 'Harms Poor and Environment' ABC/Reuters, April 16, 2008

What Can We Do to End the Food Crisis? AlertNet, April 16, 2008

GM Foods 'Not the Answer' to World's Food Shortage Crisis, Report Says Daily Mail, April 16, 2008

Change in Farming Can Feed World- Report The Guardian, April 16, 2008

UN Body Urges Agriculture Reforms to Stave Off Food Crisis The Guardian, April 15, 2008

Free Trade in Farm Goods Threatens World's Poor- Report Reuters, April 15, 2008

Agriculture Scientists: Global Farming Methods Must Change 'Radically' VOA News, April 15, 2008

Global Food System 'Must Change' BBC News, April 15, 2008

UN Calls for Farming Revolution BBC News, April 15, 2008

54 Staaten wollen radikale Agrarreform, April 15, 2008

Agricultural Commodity Investing May be Unethical Says Food Expert Investegate, April 15, 2008

Africa: Reinventing Agriculture InterPress Service, April 15, 2008

UN Body Calls for Radical Reform of Farming Farmers Guardian, April 15, 2008

55 Countries Endorse Real Revolution in Agriculture, April 15, 2008

Des experts appellent à repenser l'agriculture de demain Le Monde, April 15, 2008

Food Crisis Will Not be Solved by GM- Report Approved by 54 Countries Investegate, April 15, 2008

World Must Reform Agriculture Now or Face Dire Crisis Agence France-Presse, April 15, 2008

Hervorming markten nodig tegen honger NRC Handelsblad, April 15, 2008

Experten fordern radikale Umkehr der Agrarpolitik Der Spiegel, April 15, 2008

400 Scientists Say Food Production Must Change to Fight Hunger UN Radio, April 15, 2008

Report Calls for New Approach to Agriculture UN Radio, April 15, 2008

UN Scientists Say Industrial Agriculture Has Failed The East African, April 14, 2008

Farm Practices Must Change to Counter High Food Prices Agence France-Presse, April 14, 2008

CropLife Still Committed to Assessment's Original Aims Nature, April 10, 2008

Thought for Food New Scientist, April 7, 2008

Towards a New and Improved Green Revolution InterPress Service, April 6, 2008

Bridging Gulfs to Feed the World New Scientist, April 5, 2008

Why I Had to Walk Out of Farming Talks New Scientist, April 5, 2008

How to Kickstart an Agricultural Revolution New Scientist, April 5, 2008

International Initiative on World Hunger Abandoned by Biotechnology Companies Frontiers in Ecology, March, 2008

IAASTD Background Paper March 31, 2008

Dueling Visions for a Hungry World Science, March 14, 2008

Press Advisory March 14, 2008

2.0 Presentations

The International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology
Presentation by Bob Watson, Janice Jiggins, Rajeswari Raina and Michael Appleby following conclusion of final Intergovernmental Plenary.

World Food Prize
Presentation given by Bob Watson and Hans Herren regarding the IAASTD at the World Food Prize in 2006.

Bureau Presentation
Presentation given at the Second Bureau Meeting in San Jose, Costa Rica.

IAASTD Presentation
Presentation given by Bob Watson regarding the IAASTD and issues such as the review process and the synthesis report. This was presented at the Second Global Authors Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand.



"Agriculture has a footprint on all of the big environmental issues, so as the world considers climate change, biodiversity, land degradation, water quality, etc. they must also consider agriculture which lies at the centre of these issues and poses some uncomfortable challenges that need to be faced. We've got to make sure the footprint of agriculture on climate change is lessened, we have to make sure that we don't degrade our soil, we don't degrade the water, we don't have adverse effects on biodiversity. There are some major challenges, but we believe that by combining local and traditional knowledge with formal knowledge these challenges can be met."

--Professor Robert Watson- Director IAASTD & Chief Scientist DEFRA