The 4th Agriculture and Rural Development Day (ARDD) was held on 18th June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The ARDD took place in parallel with the United Nation's Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as Rio+20. More than 500 participants attended the event comprising of high level policy makers, scientists, negociators, journalists, farmer organizations, civil societies and other stakeholders in agriculture, and an estimated additional 500 people who could not make it to Rio, followed the event through the live webcast, and got the opportunity to interact with the panellists via Twitter and Facebook. The purpose of the ARDD was to examine implementation successes and challenges in moving towards transformed food systems that enable food security and sustainable development. The 4th ARDD had the following 3 objectives:
- What does it take to get Agriculture, Fisheries and forestry to be part of a transformed food system that meets new food and environmental needs?
- What are the mechanisms that improve access to information, enhance interactions among land managers (such as farmers) and experts - and increase the use of appropriate technologies for sustainable land management?
- How can science contribute to providing tools, technologies and approaches in support of a more integrated management of land, forests and water resources?