COP26’s Huge Strides towards Climate-Friendly Agriculture
COP26, the 26th yearly round of UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) climate negotiations held in Glasgow, wrapped up on November 14th after two weeks of intense debate.
While the Glasgow Climate Pact came short of delivering on coal and climate finance, considerable progress was made on mitigation, particularly cutting emissions – including those emitted by agriculture.
CGIAR’s strong presence at the conference supported the efforts to simultaneously reduce the climate change impacts on food systems and lower agriculture’s contribution to global warming.
Until this COP, food systems – how we produce, consume, and dispose of food – had been mostly sidelined by climate negotiators. While food remains the universal source of life, the way it is produced often comes at unsustainable costs to the climate, the environment, water resources, and human health and well-being.