AIM4C Summit: Innovation for integrating and mainstreaming agriculture in climate action
- Impact Area
The agrifood system contributes significantly to climate change, producing over 30% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. At the same time, climate-driven extreme weather and long-term changes in growing conditions around the globe threaten livelihoods, food and nutrition security, and ecological stability, with impacts falling most severely on women, youth, and vulnerable groups. One estimate suggests that climate change could put over 70 million more people at risk of hunger by 2050, adding to the 828 million people that faced hunger in 2021.
Given this complex relationship, it is critical to mitigate emissions from food systems and build their climate resilience. Over 110 countries around the world have established Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to reducing emissions as part of the Paris Climate Agreement. Similarly, over 45 countries have established National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) under the Cancun Adaptation Framework (CAF), to adapt to changing temperatures, extreme weather, and other consequences of climate change. Meeting these commitments requires a fundamental shift in systems for producing, distributing, and consuming f