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Looking Forward to Rio+10: Reporting Progress
on Land and Agriculture
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Message 44 - Comment by Hari Eswaran on Intervention by
Miguel Al tieri (Message 39)
Wed, 21 Mar 2001 11:49:38 +0100
Food Security and sustainable agriculture:
Few can disagree on all the comments that have been made until now.
one is correct but I suspect that if the problems and constraints
been highlighted are corrected, we may make some progress but
too great. When I look at the emphasis of all the UN efforts, there
necessarily the human dimension (essential), there is economics,
are policy changes to be made.
However, no one wants to make an investment in the land resources
from brave words). What do we know?
1. There are practically no developing countries with farm-level
2. Many of these countries do not have the necessary facilities for
services to the farmer;
3. So the farmer is left to him/herself while we clear forests to
our brave notions.
Some basic questions:
1. Where in a country is the degraded land?
2. If degraded, what kind of degradation?
3. What kind of mitigation technology is most appropriate?
If we cannot provide reasonable answers to these basic questions,
continue to state the same in RIO+20. Some will argue that models
fantastic today and they can provide the answers. The problem in
countries is that there are too many models chasing too few data.
So, my plea is to make that effort to document the sate of the land
If you do not know what you have, you will not know what you have
Dr. Hari Eswaran
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service