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FAO Pushes for Transformation of Agri-food Systems to Address Climate Crisis

December 1, 2022

The 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) discussions at Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, highlighted the urgency to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Thus, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) looked into its expertise and experience to initiate actions on how agri-food systems could be modified and contribute towards climate change mitigation.

According to Zitouni Ould-Dada, the deputy director of FAO's Climate and Environment division, FAO was a part of four initiatives launched by the Egyptian Presidency at COP27, which are as follows:

  • Food and Agriculture Sustainable Transformation (FAST) aimed at supporting climate action in agri-food systems; 
  • Initiative on Climate Action and Nutrition (I-CAN) to support member states implement policies for improved access to nutritious and healthy diets from sustainable food systems;
  • Action for Water Adaptation and Resilience (AWARE) to address better management of water for climate adaptation and resilience; and
  • waste management in Africa to treat and recycle at least 50% of the solid waste produced in Africa by 2050.

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