Agriculture is a major part of the current climate challenge, contributing to about 25 percent of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Food security is also under pressure as the world’s growing population is increasingly dependent on climate-vulnerable food production. Although the agriculture sector is recognised as a major contributor to the climate change problem, there has been limited investment in the sector.
Despite this, CSA and food systems innovation can be part of the solution to addressing climate change, as envisioned by AIM for Climate. Greater investments in CSA and food systems innovation will help inform science-based, data-driven decision-making and policies and achieve breakthroughs and enhancements in technologies and approaches that adapt food production to the world’s harsher climate.
AIM for Climate endeavours to create a positive multiplier effect for people and the planet across agriculture, food and climate by reducing global GHG emissions; creating efficiencies to build agriculture’s resilience to the impact of climate change; bolstering food security, and improving farmer livelihoods and the ecosystems they rely on, especially for women, children and indigenous populations, through helping to generate higher economic returns and job creation in a sector that already employs over 2 billion people.
The initiative adopts a multistakeholder approach to cooperation, uniting public and private participation to spur agricultural innovation through investments and knowledge-sharing. Target areas of innovation include sustainable productivity improvements, land, water, carbon, and other input use efficiency; resilient crop and livestock production, enhanced digital tools; and inclusive, equitable, and sustainable and secure food systems.
AIM for Climate already offers three avenues for participation. This includes Government Partners, who are announcing an increase in aggregate public investment in agricultural innovation for CSA and food systems over the next five years (2021-2025); Innovation Sprint Partners who are facilitating self-financed innovation for bold ideas to foster innovation; and Knowledge Partners such as private research, education and international organizations, or NGOs who support the objectives of AIM for Climate and amplify agricultural innovation through insight sharing, innovation collaboration, coordination, demonstration and deployment.
For further information on AIM for Climate, please visit: www.aimforclimate.org. Media allocation at AIM for Climate COP26 events will be limited. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.
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About AIM for Climate
The Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM for Climate / AIM4C) is a joint initiative created by the United States and the United Arab Emirates. AIM for Climate seeks to address the climate crisis by uniting participants to significantly increase and accelerate investment in and/or other support for climate-smart agriculture and food systems innovation over the next five years (2021 – 2025).
AIM for Climate seeks to drive more rapid and transformative climate action in the agricultural sector, empowering agriculture to be part of the solution to address the climate crisis, build resilience to its impacts, and create co-benefits of climate action. Diversity, gender equity, and inclusion are critical to the success of the mission. AIM for Climate recognizes the wide range of participants necessary to achieve its goal and seeks to draw on diverse knowledge, experiences, and cultures.
AIM for Climate has the support of a growing coalition of over 30 countries – Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, Georgia, Ghana, Honduras, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Kenya, Lithuania, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Romania, Singapore, Sweden, The Bahamas, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam.
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