COP27: Putting food at the heart of climate dialogue and action
EIT Food is working with a consortium of global partners as a co-host of the Food Systems Pavilion at COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh (Egypt) to discuss the opportunities that sustainable food systems provide in the fight against climate change.
The importance of Food Systems at COP27
Food systems are a crucial piece to any discussion on achieving a more sustainable future and addressing climate change. With around one third of global GHG emissions coming from the food system, transforming food production and consumption is critical to tackling the climate crisis.
Against rising pressure from worsening climate change and other stressors, notably the war in Ukraine and the COVID-19 crisis, it is now more important than ever to centre the discussion on how the food system can become a powerful ally in achieving a more sustainable future. Transforming the world's food systems could also generate $4.5 trillion annually in new economic activity and help to create a net-zero, nature-positive world, while also ensuring social justice and food security. As the world's largest and most dynamic agrifood innovation ecosystem, EIT Food believes that food systems need to be at the heart of climate negotiations, and are committed to highlighting the positive role transformation of food systems can play on our climate.
The Food Systems Pavilion: putting food at the centre of the table
EIT Food is working with a consortium of leading global partners to co-host the Food Systems Pavilion at the upcoming COP27 at Sharm El Sheikh (Egypt)
The Food Systems Pavilion will focus on actions, strategies, and solutions across the entire food value chain that have the potential to drive the transformation towards healthier, more resilient, and more equitable food systems.
The Food Systems Pavilion brings together over 15 international leaders in the food space spanning the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, from farmers and youth to policy makers and scientists.
Join us at the Food Systems Pavilion
EIT Food will be co-hosting the COP27 - Food Systems Pavilion programme on the 8th and 10th of November!
You can participate in person, in the Blue Zone at COP27, or online using the livestream for each day.
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8th of November - ENABLE
This day will tackle the why, what and how, moving from problem statements to sharing solutions and what needs to happen to scale these up and drive positive tipping points. It will discuss the role of climate policy; food loss and waste; indigenous, underutilised, neglected and aquatic foods; shifting dietary patterns; and climate finance.
10th of November - ACCELERATE
Climate-smart and regenerative agriculture practices together with digital innovations are showing tremendous potential in helping to address climate and biodiversity loss in both areas of mitigation and adaptation. Even more promising are the willingness, capacities and opportunities for farming and producer communities around the world to lead transitions for agrifood systems to be net-zero, nature-positive that nourish all.
Join the rest of the Food Systems Pavilion
The Food Systems Pavilion will feature 11 days of programming – including 10 Thematic Days highlighting the critical role that transforming food systems must play in climate mitigation, adaptation and building resilience.
- ENHANCE resilience to climate and shocks - 6 Nov.
- ENABLE a culture of sustainable, healthy and nutritious diets - 8 Nov.
- INCREASE sustainable investment and financing to build food systems - 9 Nov.
- ACCELERATE innovation and digitalisation - 10 Nov.
- BOOST nature positive production and soil health - 11 Nov.
- SCALE cimate resilient agriculture - 12 Nov.
- EMBRACE sustainable water and aquatic blue food diversity for climate smart food systems - 14 Nov.
- CHAMPION youth action in food systems - 15 Nov.
- PROTECT and restore nature - 16 Nov.
- TRANSFORM value chains and develop inclusive markets - 17 Nov.
We intend to put food at the centre of the table at COP27, as a critical link between peoples and cultures, as well as climate change, nature loss, and human health. Through sessions spanning every element of the discussion on sustainable food systems, the Pavilion will capitalise on the rising awareness on food systems and agriculture issues to catalyse more partnerships and incite commitments to transform the food system.
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EIT Food & COP27 in the media
Useful COP27 information & resources
- Reuters: Europe's driest summer in 500 years threatens crops, energy production
- Reuters: China's farmers struggle to save crops as heatwave, drought drag on
- The Guardian: UK farmers count cost as heatwave kills fruit and vegetable crops
- The Guardian: Falls in Europe’s crop yields due to heatwaves could worsen price rises
- Grocery Gazette: COP27: From waste to deforestation – How food is (finally) taking centre stage
- GreenBiz: How COP27 became the food systems COP
- Devex: Exclusive: Some G77 countries oppose widening climate agriculture pact
- The Grocer: Transforming the global food system is key to tackling climate change
- Bloomberg: COP27: Food Day Finally Arrives as Sector Faces Crisis
- Forbes: COP27: Entrepreneurs Are Key To Sustainable, Nutritious Food — But They Need Help
- Business Standard: Make COP27 a turning point for food systems