Leading scientists from the most influential developing countries who are expected to play a major role in upcoming climate change talks, met in China in November for the first time to discuss food security and climate change issues.
The group of countries known as BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa were due to meet alongside the United States and Indonesia at the International Conference on Climate Change and Food Security (ICCCFS), organized by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), to report on issues including human wellbeing, calorie availability, and child malnutrition.
The BRICS are expected to be increasingly influential both in terms of their emissions and their ability to implement mitigating measures. Recommendations emerging from the talks included (a) strengthening public sector agricultural research in 12 priority areas and (b) increasing the amount, appropriateness, and accessibility of spatial data. Outputs are likely to be of use to UK Government.