Commitments to action
Importance of Mountains in Food and Agriculture
Society for Natural Resource Management and Community Development (SNRMCD), SNRMCD
In mountain areas, agriculture and food production are important economic and development drivers.
We would like to request attention to the particular reality of food systems in vulnerable ecosystems such as mountains, which do play a central role in the sustainable transformation and food security at both local (food provision, rural development through food sector SME, tourism) and global level (provision of ecosystem services such as water).
Mountains contribute to sustaining the livelihoods of 1.1 billion people living in the mountains and those of a much larger number of people in the lowlands.
The role of mountains in supporting the world’s food systems by providing up to 80% of the global freshwater should be recognized. Actionable commitments should be taken to protect mountains as the “water towers of the world”, promote their adaptation to climate change, and recognize their role in ensuring food security.
Mountain peoples protect the world’s water sources and the rich biodiversity hosted in mountains. Promoting more resilient and sustainable food systems in mountains is a prerequisite to lifting mountain communities out of high rates of food insecurity and malnutrition, which are on the rise and expected to increase with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sustainable land-use practices, agroecological principles, traditional and indigenous agricultural knowledge and practices are essential for maintaining healthy mountain ecosystems.
The investment and promotion of specialty mountain products and certification schemes can advance equitable livelihoods. The Mountain Partnership – the only United Nations alliance devoted to promoting mountains and mountain peoples – and existing regional mechanisms, such as the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, the Alpine Convention, the Carpathian Convention, and the Andean Initiative, are important alliances that can contribute to these efforts.
Boost Nature-Based Solutions of Production
Sejuti Sarkar De, Society for Natural Resource Management and Community Development (SNRMCD)
In order to quickly shift the global food system towards regenerative practices, we need to ensure the entire supply chain is producing and consuming in ways that are in line with nature’s processes rather than against them.
Global Salmon Initiative Commits to Using Pre-Competitive Collaboration Model to Identify Resource-Efficient and Responsible Practices for Blue Foods Sector
GSI is a leadership effort established by global farmed salmon CEOs committed to helping feed the world in a healthier, more sustainable way through advancements in responsible salmon farming.
The aim of the coalition is to bring together a broad group of producer and consumer countries, companies, and international organizations committed to working together to deliver deforestation- and conversion-free food supply chains as part of a new model of agricultural production that optimizes food production enhance rural livelihoods, and protects and restores the natural environment.