Action Area 3.2 Manage sustainably existing food production systems
This Action Area will design nature-positive and context-specific solutions that will: increase input efficiencies; internalize externalities; increasing yields within planetary boundaries; stimulate agro-biodiversity to reduce pressure on ecosystems while improving nutrition, livelihoods and enhancing resilience to climate change. Since there are no one-size-fits-all solutions, we embrace all nature-positive approaches, from digital farming to traditional and indigenous knowledge and seek to enable farmers and fishers to design nature-positive solutions for their own geographies and socio-economic contexts.
Key areas of our work include: agroecology and other regenerative practices; agrobiodiversity; sustainable livestock production; sustainable and resilient ‘blue food’ production systems; traditional and indigenous knowledge in food production; gender inclusion to improve the management of food production systems.
Focal Points: Juan Lucas Restrepo, Olivier de Schutter, Lasse Bruun, Hunter Lovins and Colin Christensen.
Game Changing Propositions Wave 1
2.15 Enable a Just Transition of livestock production to create jobs and secure livelihoods, mitigate climate change, improve health. The solution emphasises the need for a global transition away from the industrialised animal production to ensure human and planetary health and to sustain livelihoods. It suggests the development of a set of global policy measures in combination with country-specific transition roadmaps.
3.6. Transforming agricultural innovation for climate, nature and people
Shift the dial on agricultural innovation, with greater investment into innovation, efforts to address fragmentation among institutions, and to scale and evidence-based dialogue.
3.7 Adopting nature-positive livestock production systems
What is less known is that livestock also holds a great potential in fostering soils health, soil fertility, increased carbon sequestration and biodiversity services, reducing diseases of animal origin and reducing antimicrobial resistance. This solution unlocks the potential of sustainable livestock farming through fostering innovative methods and ensuring economic viability for all categories of farmers.
3.8 Adopting regenerative agricultural practices for resilient landscapes at scale
Adopt regenerative agriculture at scale, a system of farming, grazing and fisheries management principles and practices that seek to rehabilitate and maintain the functions of terrestrial and aquatic agroecosystems that guarantee the preservation of the foundation of sustainable food production: soils, biodiversity, water, nutrient cycling.
3.9 Scaling-out Agroecological Production Systems
Scale-out agrocecological production systems, systemically considering different elements of food systems from production to consumption and involving all stakeholders (women, men, youth, marginalized and indigenous communities) and sectors.
4.08 Promote Agroecological Value Chains for Small Farmers and Indigenous Communities by supporting the transition of 10 value chains in 50 countries towards solutions based on agro-ecological principles. This should rely on a strong inclusion of small farmers and indigenous communities, and be achieved by enhancing the quality and relevance of services supporting the production, transformation, distribution, promotion and market access of agroecological products.
3.10 Increasing agrobiodiversity for nature, nutrition and resilience
Increase agrobiodiversity through addressing 4 dimensions of the problem: (i) the knowledge gap, (ii) the incentives for use agrobiodiversity in production systems, (iii) the policy necessary to enable more diverse systems and (iv) the required financial investment and incentives mechanisms.
3.11. Sustain and Expand Sustainable Resilient Blue Food Production Systems
Employ newly created analytical tools for national governments to more accurately assess the nutritional and socio-cultural assets and utilities of blue foods resulting in more pro-active usage policies and a greater allocation of resources in support of blue food systems with a smaller environmental footprint.
3.24 Indigenous peoples’ food systems: conservation and biocentric restoration
Promote an inclusive model of conservation led by indigenous peoples based on their knowledge and food systems and applying an adequate blending of new technologies with ancestral knowledge.
3.15 $200M Climate Smart Food Systems Impact Investment Fund
Launch a USD 200 million impact investment fund provide long-term expansion debt financing to SMEs operating in Asia Pacific, Latin America and Africa to support climate-smart interventions.
3.16 Addressing ‘invisible’ underwater issues for food systems: The “blue food” revolution
Incorporate blue foods into broader food-systems policy beyond production to consider efficiencies, equity, affordability, and consumption, and embed under-represented groups in decision-making.
5.16 Advance wide-scale adoption of agro-ecology within farms and rangelands.
The scaling up of agroecological/ regenerative approaches represents the systemic solution that underpins transformative change and supports socio-ecological transitions towards sustainable agriculture and food systems.