Transforming Agrifood Systems Globally

Agrifood systems, farming

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations has had 26 projects approved by the Global Environment Facility designed to address and find solutions to transform agrifood systems to endure the changing environmental climate. 

 FAO Deputy Director-General Maria Helena Semedo said that to accomplish FAO's 2030 Agenda for a healthy planet and people. 

Semedo continued that the projects would help countries across the globe maintain and protect natural resources whilst providing nutritious diets and green and climate-resilient livelihoods. 

She added that, as a result, these practices would contribute to implementing the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework and the Paris Agreement.

Semedo was grateful for the green light of the projects at the 64th Council Session of the GEF, held on 26 June in Brasilia.

The projects equal $174.7 million in GEF funding, leveraging $1.2 billion in co-financing. 

The partnership between FAO and GEF will mean that countries will access approximately $1.4 billion in the financing, leveraging over nine billion in co-financing to innovate agrifood systems to address increasing biodiversity loss caused by climate change, ecosystem degradation and land pollutants affecting fresh water and seas. 

The greenlight of these 26 projects helps countries across the globe to innovate and improve the management of close to 17.9 million hectares of protected areas on land and sea, making advancements and improvements in the sustainability practises of fisheries, forestry, and agriculture across  27 million hectares of land and sea, helping restore 820,000 hectares of the planet's ecosystems. 

Simultaneously each effort is designed to mitigate and remove 275 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions, improving cooperative management of four shared water ecosystems, ultimately benefitting 1.6 million women and men.