Food systems today account for up to one third of global greenhouse gas emissions heating the planet. At the same time, those food systems are gravely threatened by the impacts of the climate crisis. Already, climate change has begun to affect food security for all, the predicability of yields and food prices, and the livelihoods of farm workers.
Yet, sustainable food systems could and must be a major part of the solution. A growing body of evidence demonstrates that sustainable food systems - founded on principles such as agroecology and food sovereignty - could create the social and environmental resilience we need to withstand climate shocks and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Over the coming months and years, IPES-Food aims to put the transition to sustainable food systems high on the agenda of international climate negotiations, and at the centre of debate about the climate crisis.
From Uniformity to Diversity: A paradigm shift from industrial agriculture to diversified agroecological systems
NEWS | IPCC: world will miss 1.5°C without transforming food system
Reacting to the publication of the IPCC report on report on the mitigation of climate change, IPES-Food experts said, we are barrelling towards catastrophic levels of global heating - and our industrial food system is a major culprit. Yet right now, almost no government has plans in their national climate strategies to transform food systems.
The Glasgow Food Climate Declaration
The Glasgow Food and Climate Declaration brings together local and regional authorities from across the world to speak with a unified voice in committing to putting into practice integrated food policies to tackle the climate emergency.
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NEWS | IPCC: Transform agriculture or climate change will inflict unprecedented hunger
Reacting to today's publication of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on the impacts of climate change on nature and people, experts from IPES-Food are calling for fundamental reform of our food systems to avoid unprecedented hunger.
Food Systems and climate action at COP26
At UN climate change negotations in Glasgow, 45 governments pledged to take urgent action to move towards more sustainable food systems. However, few of the commitments move beyond a business-as-usual approach.
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OPINION | Can Africa and the EU join forces to boost sustainable farming?
PODCAST | Glasgow Food & Climate Declaration
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INTERVIEW | Good COP, bad COP: Why inaction on food systems should be ‘unthinkable’
INTERVIEW | Pat Mooney: “It’s More A Call To ‘Armies’ Than Arms” on ‘A Long Food Movement’
PODCAST | The Glasgow Food & Farming Declaration
Agroecology as a means to transforming food systems for health, nutrition and equity in a climate changing world
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