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Saturday, December 9, 2023
11:00 - 12:00

The state of agri-food systems in a climate crisis and the role of IPCC-IPBES and other global assessments

About the event

The world’s poor heavily rely on agrifood systems, which are vulnerable to climate change. Agri-food systems also contribute to up to a third of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. To reduce GHG emissions, various options exist, but they don’t always align with sustainable development goals like zero hunger. Global scientific assessment bodies like the IPCC and IPBES can help assess sustainable transition pathways that do not compromise food and environmental security for the poorest, particularly in the Global South. Scientific organisations like the CGIAR can provide an evidence base for these assessments that carefully look at trade-offs and synergies between food security and climate objectives. This session brings in senior leadership from the IPCC, the IPBES, the CGIAR and representatives from developed and developing countries to discuss some of these issues.

This session will be in the form of a panel discussion/fire side chat and has two main objectives:

  • Identify some of the major gaps in scientific knowledge that acts as a barrier to just and equitable transition in the agri-food systems and the role that global scientific assessments play in that; and
  • Discuss how scientists, particularly from the Global South, can become involved in these processes and bring in diversity of perspectives.

Key Outcomes:

  • Understanding the challenges in crafting agri-food systems solutions that address food and nutrition security while not making the climate crisis worse;
  • Understanding that solutions and options exist, but those have to be evaluated rigorously to understand their synergies and trade-offs with SDGs, such as zero hunger;
  • How publicly funded scientific organisations like the CGIAR can help build up a systematic knowledge base on various options and their trade-offs and synergies in the agri-food sector;
  • Global assessments like the IPCC and IPBES can play an important role in a just and equitable transition by highlighting the role of agri-food systems in the context of climate change and biodiversity loss;
  • That solutions or options needs to be diverse and equitable, given the huge diversity in the agri-food systems context, and hence the need for diversity in the authorship of these reports.

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