This study, led by COSA President Daniele Giovannucci, was released by the U.N. Division for Sustainable Development and the key messages also served as a strategic input to the "Sustainable Development in the 21st Century" Report published by The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).
Dozens of experts and thought leaders from many countries offered their diverse views on how the food and agricultural system could become significantly more sustainable while meeting the need for global food security. These were gathered into four broad-based groups:
Group 1: Policy and Trade Group convened by Charlotte Hebebrand of the International Food & Agricultural Trade Policy Council (IPC).
Group 2: This Business Specialists Group was convened by The Keystone Center and coordinated by Sarah Stokes Alexander, Julie Shapiro and Keith A. Wheeler.
Group 3: The Rural Livelihoods and Poverty Expert Group was coordinated by Danielle Nierenberg of Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet project.
Group 4: An Agricultural Production and Environmental Sustainability Group convened by Sara Scherr and Jeffrey Milder of EcoAgriculture Partners.