FP Virtual Dialogue: Farmers on the Frontier of Climate Change
July 27th, 2021
How Global Partnerships Can Drive Agriculture Innovation for a Food-Secure Future
Farmers and agriculture are at the nexus of the climate crisis. Rising temperatures and aridity and other environmental pressures pose serious threats to crop yields, grain supplies and food prices globally. Because of its sizable carbon footprint, industrial farming also is a significant driver of the climate challenge.
To protect farmers’ livelihoods and the ecosystems they rely on, and to ensure food security for humanity’s future, agriculture innovation must be a central focus of global climate action. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA), the most food import–dependent region in the world where these concerns are particularly acute, also are fertile ground for cutting-edge ag innovation. The U.S. and the UAE – with support from other countries – recently announced the Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM for Climate) initiative that prioritizes commitments, cooperation, and investment in agriculture and food system transformation. The goal of the initiative is to accelerate global agricultural innovation through increased R&D and science-based solutions to improve food security and drive economic growth.
Foreign Policy, in partnership with the Embassy of the UAE, is excited to launch a three-part event series to explore solutions for climate-smart agriculture. Our first discussion features policymakers, agricultural and environmental experts to explore innovative farming practices at the local level, as well as policy and industry efforts to reduce the climate impact of food production and help ensure a sustainable future for food and farmers.
Join the conversation online using #AgInnovation4Climate
July 27th, 2021
For more information, contact Susan Sadigova, Vice President of Strategic Development.