Action Area 5.3 Climate resilient development pathways for food system transformation and achievement of the SDGs

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Action Area 5.3 Climate resilient development pathways for food system transformation and achievement of the SDGs

This Area focus on the integration of policy and actions to support Climate Resilient Development Pathways for food systems transformation and to meet the SDGs at national, local and global levels. Climate Resilient Development Pathways are development trajectories based on equity and justice, which combine climate adaptation, mitigation and climate resilient development with the goal of sustainable development. Specific actions aim to build resilience of the most vulnerable people and communities in Small Island States, Coastal Areas, Deserts and Arid and Semi-arid lands. This Action area offers a space to follow-up the UNFSS, by supporting the development of National Policy and Action Plans for Food Systems Transformation and Resilience by 2030. This action aims to bring synergies of the Policy Frameworks related to the Paris Climate Agreement, the Sendai, CBD and UNCCD Conventions, and other that contribute to the 2030 Sustainability agenda and to meet Health, Nutrition, Non-Communicable Diseases Targets.

Focal Points: Cristina Tirado, Youssef Nassef, Zitouni Oulddada and Leigh Winnowiecki.

Game Changing Propositions

5.5 Climate risk profiling (using AI) tailored local weather patterns and soil/agricultural practices: To de-risk credit guarantee schemes and insurance by private banks and insurance companies, to enable smallholder farmers to get access to credit to improve production in Tanzania, Ghana, Uganda and Zimbabwe (WINnERS project, with MunichRE).

5.15 Agroforestry Practices In Arid And Semi-Arid Lands: Adoption of national and international policies to promote the use of agroforestry systems (including for example silvopastoral systems) to boost the high potential of sustainable livestock sector and agriculture, towards all the dimensions of resilience.

5.12 The Sahel Resilience Initiative

  • Sustained investments and concentration of interventions.
  • Context-specific and multi-sectoral approaches: Overcoming crises at the local level always requires a whole set of interventions which are tailored to the individual needs on the ground.

Joint action and coverage of activities: Operations need to go beyond meeting the sole minimum of food consumption aspects, in order to break negative coping strategies and allow people to strengthen their resilience.

5.7 Empower women’s agency and leadership in developing resilience solutions: Promotion of women’s assets and tenure rights, women’s leadership in resilience programs and policies, and funding (fund) for gender transformative resilience programs.

5.11 Integrated approach for sustainable soil management: The Global Soil Partnership: The adoption of sustainable soil management (SSM) practices for more resilient agri-food systems, in turn contributing to halting soil degradation, restoring degraded soils and protecting C-rich and biodiversity-rich soils.

5.21 Long-term conservation of food diversity in gene banks and in the field, and sustained diversification of the food basket: The overall strategy is to tackle these interrelated challenges as part of a connected system rather than as individual challenges. This “systems” approach should include:

  • Investments in new crops [e.g. orphan crops], new plant varieties and new food sources [e.g. insects, algae, seaweed] that provide reliable nutritious sources of food that are less polluting and require fewer inputs in the face of climate change.
  • Investment in mainstreaming these new food sources within the food basket
  • Creating incentive schemes to engage a wider audience in the endeavour to safeguard agrobiodiversity and to ensure the sustained diversification of our food systems. This potential engagement ranges from financial support to outreach and communication activities.

5.22 Community-based decision-making mechanisms and information systems: Mechanisms and info systems on land rights and access and control over essential food-producing resources to promote food sovereignty, equitable land and resource rights, effective and responsible governance, and sustainable livelihoods.

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