COP26: Funding Innovation is Crucial for Strengthening Climate-Stressed Food Systems

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Today’s agrifood systems no longer simply feed people. They must also provide nutrition, promote livelihoods, protect the environment, and tackle climate change – often all at once. Financing and unlocking innovations are needed to address these challenges together.

If our food, land and water systems are ever able to achieve society’s mounting demands, we must ensure our priorities are in order and begin to properly finance them.

Ultimately, all of the ambition generated around the UN Food Systems Summit will fall short if we fail to finance the new research and innovation we know we need.

Read the full op-ed published by Inter Press Service and co-authored by Claudia Sadoff, Executive Management Team Convener, and Managing Director, Research Delivery and Impact, CGIAR; and Joachim von Braun, Chair of the Scientific Group, UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS).

Header photo: Farmer families depend on various sources to make a living in marginal lands where rainfall is extremely low and unreliable, and survival difficult in Tunisia. Photo credit: ICARDA.

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