Actions to transform food systems under climate change
This report (PDF) by CCAFS proposes 11 transformative actions across 4 action areas to meet global targets for agriculture, food systems and climate change. Food systems are failing us, in four main types: food systems’ inability to produce greater quantities of food to feed a growing world populations, to meet nutritional needs, to benefit everyone equally and equitably, and the negative impacts on the environment and natural resources. Last but least, climate change is increasingly having severe negative impacts on food systems, while food systems themselves are part of the problem through direct and indirect emissions. The four action areas for food systems transformation for climate change adaptation and mitigation are: 1) Reroute farming and rural livelihoods to new trajectories, to deal with greenhouse gas emissions, reduce inequality, address gender and incentivize climate-resilient practices. 2) De-risk livelihoods, farms and value chains, to reduce the impact of variable weather and extreme events through attentiion to inclusive early warning systems, adaptive safety nets and climate-informed advisories. 3) Reduce emissions from diets and value chains, by involving significant dietary shifts and massive reductions in food loss and waste. 4) Realign policies, fiance, support to social movements and innovation, to build more resilient and sustainable food systems. The last action area cuts cross the other three, with attention to realigning subsidies and trade, dealing with power inequities and marginalization, bringing in billions of dollars in private sector investment, transforming innovation systems, and underpinning and supporting social movements adressin climate, livelihoods and food systems. Within these four action areas are 11 transformative actions. For each action a goal (the “what”), mechanisms to achieve this goal (the “how”), and target geographic areas (the “where”) have been identified. As for the “who,” everyone has a part to play in the transition.