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Climate Change and Food Systems: Assessing Impacts and Opportunities

External Project Site: www.merid.org/climatechangefoodsystems.aspx
Related: Agriculture and Food Systems, Climate Change

Food and agriculture are significant contributors to, and heavily impacted by, climate change, but they also offer opportunities to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. Despite a growing body of literature about climate change and agriculture, relatively little analysis and focus has been put on climate change and food systems. Approaching climate change adaptation and mitigation in the context of food systems broadens the range of opportunities to achieve climate goals and the Sustainable Development Goals. Meridian Institute’s report, Climate Change & Food Systems: Assessing Impacts and Opportunities, and its accompanying resources, set forth a food systems perspective on climate mitigation and adaptation. The objectives of the report and resources are to:

  • review and synthesize peer-reviewed literature – and identify knowledge gaps – that examine the mutual impacts of food system activities and climate change;
  •  illustrate how applying a food systems perspective to climate change mitigation actions can be used to drive transformation and help policymakers anticipate effects from specific mitigation and adaptation opportunities; and
  • document a range of opportunities for incremental changes that support climate mitigation while efforts to drive broader system transformation are pursued.

The first public release of the draft report took place in May 2017 at the Global Alliance for the Future of Food International Dialogue in Paris, France. With input from many stakeholders, Meridian created a revised report and resources published in October 2017. Meridian continues to support conversations and activities regarding food systems transformation.