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Over 130 Countries Commit to Climate Action in Food Systems at COP28

In a historic move at COP28 in the UAE, over 130 countries have united to sign the Leaders Declaration on Food Systems, Agriculture and Climate Action, marking a pivotal moment for the future of agriculture.

This ground-breaking agreement, announced by Miriam Almheiri, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, signifies the first global commitment to reduce carbon emissions in the food system, a sector long overdue for climate action.


The declaration, developed with the support of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), aims to enhance resilience, promote food security, and support workers in the agricultural sector.


It calls for a review of policies, increased access to finance, acceleration of innovations, and strengthening of the multilateral trading system. This collaborative effort represents a population of 5.718 billion people, including major contributors like the US, China, Brazil, and members of the European Union.


The FAO has also released a report highlighting the urgent need for increased financing to address the growing impact of climate change on the agrifood sector. This follows the establishment of a Loss and Damage Fund at the beginning of COP28, reflecting a heightened awareness of the sector's vulnerability.


Environmental leaders and organisations have welcomed the declaration, with Jennifer Morris, CEO of The Nature Conservancy, emphasising the need for tangible action and the integration of food and agriculture into climate goals.


ProVeg International has also expressed optimism, hoping for a shift towards plant-based, climate-friendly food production to meet the declaration's objectives.


Food industry giants like Danone have praised the focus on food in climate discussions, with CEO Antoine de Saint-Affrique highlighting the need for scaling solutions like regenerative agriculture and increased climate finance for the food sector.


The declaration is seen as a call to action for all stakeholders to enhance financing, collaboration, and policies for a more secure, equitable, and sustainable food system.


As the world looks towards COP29, this declaration sets a new course for the future of agriculture, emphasising the critical role of the food system in the global climate agenda and the collective effort required to meet this challenge.

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