September 2021 – The latest IPCC (AR6) Report paints a dire picture of our current climate and a world expected to surpass global warming levels of 1.5°C in the next few decades unless immediate steps are taken. In parallel to public sector action, businesses have a major role to play in limiting the effects of climate change.
Exactly 100 days before the COP26, FAO and UNDP, through the SCALA programme organized a virtual session on “Accelerating the implementation of the Paris Agreement through climate-resilient food systems” at the Food Systems Pre-Summit held in Rome in July 2021.
The session brought together members from academia, the private sector, and government representatives from Uganda and Mongolia to unpack the role food systems can play in fulfilling the goals of the Paris Agreement.
The joint-FAO and UNDP programme, Scaling up Climate Ambition on Land Use and Agriculture through Nationally Determined Contributions and National Adaptation Plans (SCALA) has organized a parallel session at the Pre-Food Systems Summit to bring attention to the need for a sustainable food-systems approach in the implementation of climate-resilient strategies to facilitate transformative change.
The world is still grappling with the profound economic, social, and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. >
These impacts offer a glimpse of what the land use and agriculture sectors will endure if a systemic transformation towards climate resilience is not achieved by 2030. To tackle this challenge, FAO and UNDP are making sure COVID-19 considerations and green recovery are central to countries’ climate action plans for agriculture.
Climate change is one of the greatest threats to food security, poverty reduction and sustainable development across the world. To cope with the consequences of climate change, innovative solutions are needed. Blockchain technology is one of them – but what is it and how can it be used?
The United Nations recognizes innovation as a driving force in helping the world to achieve food security and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). While innovation is not only about technology, digital solutions are becoming increasingly important.
Why implementing a systems-wide approach and boosting private sector engagement in agriculture and land-use is part of the climate solution.
While responsible for two thirds of global agriculturalGDP (Gross Domestic Product), Asian agriculture is one of the most vulnerable economic sectors in the world to climate change. With its diverse landscape and livelihoods, sheepherders in Mongolia, rice farmers in Thailand and agri-businesses across the key value chains unarguably feel climate impact in the region. Although climate governance in agriculture ispicking up through robust plans and policies, implementation is lagging. A jointmulti-sectoral approach that engages the private sector can help expedite climate action and scale up ambition in agriculture and land use.
FAO and UNDP are empowering women for a sustainable future
In many parts of the world, women carry out a majority of the agricultural and household work. Yet, they do not have the same access to resources or power in decision-making as men. To bridge the gender gap, FAO and UNDP work with countries to empower women and achieve gender equality in the agriculture sector for a more sustainable future that will benefit all.