COP27 side event: Nature-positive food systems: a climate change safety net
Transforming our food systems is a critical catalyst for stimulating prosperous futures– ones that are people-positive, nature-positive and climate-positive. This will require a systemic approach, considering interlinked goals of biodiversity conservation, climate change adaptation and mitigation, food security and human wellbeing – from global to local scales, acknowledging social-cultural contexts and rights.
Wageningen University & Research have identified five entry points and associated interventions that could help ‘tip the food system’:
- Diverse fields and farms
- Biodiverse landscapes
- Connected communities
- Sustainable food and diet and
- Inclusive finance and trade
Various combinations of interventions from different entry points can work synergistically to trigger and accelerate positive cascading chain reactions towards nature-positive and net-zero food systems. This panel discussion will explore exciting initiatives and consider collaborations to amplify and expand the influence of this work: What’s holding us back? Who else needs to be at the table? What are the genuine concerns? What are the tangible steps to move forward in diverse and synergistic ways?
- Brent Loken, WWF International
- Mao Amis, African Centre for Green Economy
- Jeanne Nel, Wageningen University & Research