Think20 Policy Brief centres on Agroecology

Given the urgency of transforming agricultural and food systems, GIZ India's Food Systems and Agroecology Working Group is exploring the potential of agroecology in collaboration with Think20 partners, the official Think Tank Engagement Group of the G20. A policy brief has now been published.

Committee members met for an inception meeting to strengthen food systems © Fyness Chingoma, GIZ

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In today's world, ensuring access to sufficient and safe nutritious food remains a pressing challenge, with current food production and consumption patterns contributing to ecological degradation and global malnutrition. Recognising the urgency of transforming food systems, the Working Group on Food Systems and Agroecology of GIZ India’s Environment, Climate Change and Biodiversity Cluster, in collaboration with partners, has shed light on the potential of agroecology through a policy brief published by Think20, an Engagement Group of the G20.

 

Agroecology, as defined by the HLPE in 2019, represents an approach for transforming food systems. Guided by 13 interconnected principles, aligned with the 10 elements of agroecology put forth by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), this transdisciplinary approach encompasses ecological, economic, socio-cultural, technological, and political dimensions of food systems. The primary goal is to optimize interactions between humans, plants, animals, and the environment, fostering connectivity from field to societal levels, with a focus on strengthening producer-consumer relationships.

 

The G20’s theme in India, "One Family, One Earth, One Future," underscored the interconnectedness of all life forms and emphasized the impact of human societal choices on this delicate balance. Central in the discussions and events lining up to the G20 summit was the critical role of food systems in achieving sustainability. Agroecology emerged as a pivotal topic, aligning with the G20's broader agenda for sustainable development.

 

The policy brief advocates for prioritising agroecology within the G20 framework as a key approach toward achieving Sustainable Development Goal 2 (Zero Hunger). Additionally, it calls for the advancement of analytical frameworks capable of identifying synergies, gaps, and trade-offs within food systems. This approach fosters convergence and facilitates multistakeholder action across the food system, providing a comprehensive strategy to tackle the complex challenges faced by global food systems.

 

But has agroecology made it into the G20 New Delhi Leaders’ Declaration? And to what extent was agroecology part of the discussion in Delhi amongst the country leaders?

 

Kirti Mishra, Director of Ecociate Consultants, has more than 25 years of experience in the agriculture, food and development sector. As co-author of the Policy brief and observer of the summit, he offers insightful perspectives on these questions:

 

“The New Delhi Declaration document acknowledges the importance of sustainable agriculture, biodiversity preservation, and gender-inclusive strategies.”

 

... says Kirti Mishra and adds: “It strongly emphasizes the need to address the impacts of climate change. Notably, there is an absence of explicit mention of agroecology or the adoption of natural farming, which could have directly facilitated transformative changes towards more sustainable and enhanced food systems.”

 

The policy brief can be read and downloaded here.

 

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In context of the 15th CGIAR System Council Meeting, Lennart Woltering shares his assessment of the ongoing One CGIAR reform process.

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Drugs and the Environment

A Contribution by Jorrit Kamminga

This year's United Nations World Drug Report highlights for the first time the nexus between illicit drugs and the environment. In view of climate change, it is time to feed the debate with facts and make drug policy greener

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Building climate-resilient and equitable food systems: Why we need agroecology

Agroecological methods target diversity and resilience and can thus promote the protection of forests, water and soil. Julia Tomalka and Christoph Gornott, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), on the potential of agroecology to safeguard against climate change and build resilient agri-food system.

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How are transformation and crisis intervention related, Dr. Frick?

An Interview by Jan Rübel

Martin Frick has been director of the WFP office in Berlin for a year – since then one hunger crisis has followed another. What are the diplomat's answers? A conversation about opportunities in agriculture, the interplay of multiple crises, the importance of resilience and tighter budgets.

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Five Questions for Dirk Meyer

An Interview with Dirk Meyer (BMZ)

Development cooperation needs to place good governance and a sustainable agri-food systems transformation at its center: After the first 100 days in office have passed, Dirk Meyer from the German Development Ministry (BMZ) spells out the goals, guidelines and priorities of the Ministry’s new lead.

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Fair Trade and Climate Justice: Everything is Conntected

A Contribution of the 'Initiative for Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chains' (INA)

Fair Trade organisations and the Initiative for Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chains (INA) have launched the #ichwillfair campaign during COP26 to highlight the link between global supply chains and climate change.

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COP27: Agri-food systems in the focus of the climate discussion

Stephanie Heiland, Project Manager at Sector Project Agriculture and part of this year’s Observer Delegation of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) at COP27, shares her insights on the role of agriculture and food systems at the climate conference. Among other things, she reports from GIZ’s COP27 side event ‘Climate resilient agriculture and food systems in times of multiple crises and fragility’.

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G7 Sustainable Supply Chains Initiative: From Commitment to Action

Future generations need more sustainable and stable agri-food systems. But how can this comprehensive transformation succeed and what responsibility does the private sector bear? These questions were the focus of the G7 Sustainable Supply Chains Initiative (G7 SSCI) side event as part of the ‘Champion Youth Action’ day at the 27th UN Climate Change Conference (COP27).

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Climate, biodiversity and nutrition are inextricably linked

The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development sees sustainable agri-food systems as an opportunity to protect the climate, preserve biodiversity and ensure food security in the future. Dirk Meyer, Head of Directorate-General 1 at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, looks ahead to the upcoming COP27.

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Why biodiversity is important for climate protection & food security - and vice versa

The world is facing major challenges that need to be solved. We need to feed an ever-growing population, bring climate change under control and stop the loss of biodiversity. Martina Fleckenstein, Director of Global Policy at WWF, on what is expected from the climate conference in terms of biodiversity and biodiversity conservation.

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What connects gender and the environment

Women can play a vital role in the change process both when it comes to climate protection and adapting to climate change. But the reality is often still not quite like this: women and girls are particularly badly affected by the climate crisis. Is the topic of gender getting enough attention at the upcoming climate conference? Questions for Bettina Jahn from UN Women Germany.

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Social justice and climate justice: Fair Vibe at the Youth Climate Conference

At LCOY Germany, the local youth climate conference, views on climate protection from all political spectrums are discussed. The Fairactivists, a programme of Fairtrade Germany, participated with a panel discussion on the link between social justice and climate justice.

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Five climate-friendly methods in agriculture

A Listicle for climate protection and adaptation

These five management practices can increase agricultural production and contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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CompensACTION aims to reward farmers for climate performance

A Contribution of the Initiative

The CompensACTION Initiative for food security and a healthy planet, launched by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in 2022, is gaining momentum. It aims to financially compensate smallholder farmers for their contribution to preserving ecosystems. Initial successes have been achieved in Ethiopia, Lesotho and Brazil.

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“It created hope. It created a life”

An interview with Ally-Raza Qureshi, WFP

Iraq suffered many years of war, sanctions and economic crises. However, Ally-Raza Qureshi from the World Food Programme in Iraq sees progress. But now the effects of climate change are becoming apparent in the country. What is to be done?

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Farmers reap big from Climate Smart Farming

An Article by Angeline Ochieng & Victor Raballa

Journalists Angeline Ochieng and Victor Raballa visited Ms Bilha Munyole, a Kenyan farmer in Kimilili, Bungoma County, on her maize plantation. About the important role of mechanisation in climate-smart agriculture and in building resilience to the impacts of climate change.

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Earth’s well, all’s well!

A Contribution by Fairtrade Germany

With the annual topic "Earth’s well, all’s well!", Fairtrade Germany is focusing on the concept of agroecology at all levels - and is thus taking the next step towards achieving greater global sustainability. At the Green Week trade fair, Fairtrade Germany will show how this can be achieved taking the cocoa supply chain as an example.

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Sowing change

A Contribution by Brot für die Welt

Roughly 800 million people suffer from hunger worldwide. Change is needed - for people and for the environment. Brot für die Welt reports on the starting points offered by everyone's ecological footprint and handprint.

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"Climate change is unifying people from the region"

A Contribution by Jan Rübel

In the West Bank, political tensions and increasingly poor weather conditions are making farming more difficult. What needs to be done? Questions for Abbas Milhem, Executive Director of the Palestinian Farmers Union (PFU).

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