Mitigate+ at COP 27: Let’s talk about low-emission food systems!

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By Ma. Eliza J. Villarino

Updated 21 December 2022:

How can countries in the Global South develop their long-term low greenhouse gas emission and climate development strategies?

At the Food and Agriculture Pavilion at COP 27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, Mitigate+ held a session that explored the potential for integrating food system approaches into those strategies, know as LT-LECRDS for short. Per Article 4 of the Paris Agreement, “[a]ll Parties should strive to formulate and communicate long-term low greenhouse gas emission development strategies, mindful of Article 2 taking into account their common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities, in the light of different national circumstances.”

The session on “Food systems opportunities to deliver low-emission climate-resilient development strategies” took place on 8 November 2022 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The session looked into continuing efforts to develop guidelines for African countries and share the experiences of countries that have formulated and are executing the strategies.

Here are the other sessions that Mitigate+ is holding at the Food and Agriculture Pavilion:

CLIFF-GRADS: Building capacity for climate change research in the next generation of scientific leaders from the Global South, 10 November 2022, 10 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.: The Climate, Food and Farming, Global Research Alliance Development Scholarships Programme (CLIFF-GRADS) offers exciting opportunities for early career scientists from low- and middle-income countries to learn to conduct applied research in agricultural greenhouse gas emission quantification and mitigation. In this session, some of these young scientists shared how the experience they acquired through this program has boosted their careers.

Low-emission food systems in conflict-affected settings, 17 November 2022, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.:This session discussed discuss evidence on the links between food systems emissions and conflict as well as on how to scale approaches for achieving low-emission food systems and peace.

In addition, our scientists and experts spoke at the following events:

Modeling Africa’s Energy Transition

Agricultural Transition in Asian Mega Deltas – an interactive dialogue. Let’s share to inspire! 

Livestock transitions: Global options and local realities for adaptation and mitigation

The cow in the room: can sustainable livestock production deliver climate adaptation, mitigation, and food security?

Sustainable livestock around the world – Working toward sustainability across regions and for all production systems

See more information on Mitigate+ here


Photo credit: A field trip to Reserva Natural El Hatico, familia Molina Durán, near Palmira, Colombia, to take carbon measurements in an area of tropical forest, as part of a CIAT-hosted workshop on REDD+ / Neil Palmer / Alliance of Bioversity-CIAT


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