Consumers who are more empowered and engaged in the future of food systems will have a greater stake in building this future. Our solution is to strengthen the voice of consumers in the development of healthy and sustainable food systems and to reinforce the levers of consumer protection and empowerment as a means for food systems transformation.
Food systems are facing an unprecedented array of familiar and unfamiliar risks, interacting in a hyperconnected world and a changing landscape. To reduce risk and mitigate the destructive impacts of disasters and climate change on food systems, a holistic multi-stakeholder approach is required along the entire system, from production to consumption.
As reflected in the UN Plan of Action, UNDRR is implementing Comprehensive Risk Management (CRM), aiming to strengthen synergies between disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation at national and local levels. CRM enhances the capacities of governments to apply a suite of complementary climate and disaster risk management tools in risk analysis, planning, implementation and monitoring.
In support of the outcomes of the UN Food Systems Summit and the 2030 Agenda, FAO and UNDRR will be collaborating on Comprehensive Risk Management for Food Systems Resilience, which will provide guidance, tools, capacity development and technical support to LDCs and SIDS. The aim is to improve understanding, management and governance of disaster and climate risks, build resilience of agri-food systems to multiple climate- and non-climate risks and their interactions with other socio-economic factors.
UNDRR and FAO will work with governments (NDMOs, Ministries of Agriculture, Environment, Planning, etc.), the UN Country Team and other partners to build capacities for CRM in agri-food systems through:
- strengthening governance (planning, programming, capacity building) through CRM for national food systems taking, considering the national FSS pathways processes and results;
- enhancing climate and disaster risk understanding and programming towards averting, minimising and addressing impacts to agri-food systems, associated with the adverse effects of climate change, disasters, epidemics, transboundary pests and diseases and other crises.
The joint programme will:
- Catalyse technical assistance to selected vulnerable countries to operationalise CRM at national and local levels.
- Leverage integrated analysis and planning, including through related CRM guidance tools, to inform national food systems policy, planning and practice in -DRR/M strategies for agriculture and food sectors, in National Adaptation Plans for Agrifood systems, in NDCs and related sustainable development strategies.
- Provide robust systemic risk assessment, normative guidance and integrated risk management tools for capacity strengthening.
- Develop guidance and tools to integrate climate and disaster risk considerations into agriculture and food sector strategies.
- Help Member States develop and implement fully-integrated climate and disaster risk management policies, strategies and investment plans.
This programme will contribute to the achieving the goals of the Sendai Framework, the Paris Agreement and the overarching 2030 agenda.
Build Resilience to Vulnerabilities, Shocks, and Stresses
Loretta Hieber Girardet, Chief, Risk Knowledge, Monitoring and Capacity-Development Branch UNDRR
Sylvie Wabbes Candotti Resilience Advisor, Strategic Advocacy team, Emergency and Resilience Office (OER), FAO
Comprehensive climate and disaster risk management
Food systems governance
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.
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This Climate-Resilient Food Systems alliance provides a framework for food systems transitions that deliver resilience to climate, shocks and stresses, protect biodiversity and ecosystems’ services, reduce poverty and enhance social, gender, equity and North-South & inter-generational justice. Food systems transitions to long term resilience require multi-sectoral and multi-systemic integrated solutions, innovative water and energy solutions implemented through a Nexus approach, multi-risk reduction and management and ambitious policies and platforms to support climate resilient food systems for all beyond 2030.