How to cut agriculture’s emissions to achieve a just transition

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Adam Fuseina works on her farm in Nafaring village, northern Ghana, October 8, 2021. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Kagondu Njagi

How do we mitigate emissions in the agriculture sector without compromising the lives and livelihoods of small-scale producers in the Global South?

Aditi Mukherji is Director, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Impact Area Platform, CGIAR

Elon Musk recently courted controversy when he tweeted that agriculture has no meaningful impact on climate change.

The reality, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), is that agriculture, forestry, and land use contribute 22% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Taking into account broader food systems, which include processing, transport, and consumer behaviour in addition to food production, the sector accounts for up to one third of total emissions.

The evidence is clear: without emissions reductions in the agriculture and food sectors, the world cannot achieve the 1.5°C warming goals in the Paris Agreement.


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