The Syngenta Foundation commits to creating partnerships that successfully address multiple challenges in vulnerable smallholder farming systems in Africa and South Asia by 2025. We aim to achieve large-scale adoption of innovations and practices enabling climate-smart, resilient agriculture to become adopted at country and landscape scale.
Commitments to action
Climate Resilient Integrated Food Systems for Island States
Island Sustainability Unit, Sophia University, Javeriana University
Island states often face a number of challenges that make them vulnerable to food insecurity. These include limited landmass and lack of arable land, fragile natural environments, a narrow resource base, and reliance on ocean resources. They often also demonstrate a high level of dependence on food imports, particularly processed foods. In many cases, remoteness and distance from global markets result in high costs for food transportation, both import and export.
Many island states are highly vulnerable to climate change, external economic shocks, and natural disasters. When faced with such pressures, island food systems must demonstrate resilience and flexibility, with a need for a varied and integrated approach to food production, processing, and distribution.
The main objective of this initiative is to bring together multiple island stakeholders to explore ways to strengthen island food systems to ensure sustainable food pathways to 2030 and beyond.
Structural institutional fragility, conflict, climate change and economic shocks exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic are leading to record-breaking levels of hunger and acute malnutrition.
Food systems are facing an unprecedented array of familiar and unfamiliar risks, interacting in a hyperconnected world and a changing landscape.