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Urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts (SDG 13): transforming agriculture and food systems

Author: Campbell, B.M.
Author: Hansen, J.W.
Author: Rioux, J.
Author: Stirling, C.
Author: Twomlow, S.
Author: Wollenberg, E.K.
Year: 2018
ISSN: 1877-3435
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10883/19621
Descriptors: Climate change
Descriptors: Agricultural research systems
Descriptors: Food systems
Abstract: Actions on climate change (SDG 13), including in the food system, are crucial. SDG 13 needs to align with the Paris Agreement, given that UNFCCC negotiations set the framework for climate change actions. Food system actions can have synergies and trade-offs, as illustrated by the case for nitrogen fertiliser. SDG 13 actions that reduce emissions can have positive impacts on other SDGs (e.g. 3, 6, 12, 14, 15); but such actions should not undermine the adaptation goals of SDG 13 and SDGs 1, 2, 5 and 10. Balancing trade-offs is thus crucial, with SDG 12 central: responsible consumption and production. Transformative actions in food systems are needed to achieve SDG 13 (and other SDGs), involving technical, policy, capacity enhancement and finance elements. But transformative actions come with risks, for farmers, investors, development agencies and politicians. Likely short and long term impacts need to be understood.
Abstract: Actions on climate change (SDG 13), including in the food system, are crucial. SDG 13 needs to align with the Paris Agreement, given that UNFCCC negotiations set the framework for climate change actions. Food system actions can have synergies and trade-offs, as illustrated by the case for nitrogen fertiliser. SDG 13 actions that reduce emissions can have positive impacts on other SDGs (e.g. 3, 6, 12, 14, 15); but such actions should not undermine the adaptation goals of SDG 13 and SDGs 1, 2, 5 and 10. Balancing trade-offs is thus crucial, with SDG 12 central: responsible consumption and production. Transformative actions in food systems are needed to achieve SDG 13 (and other SDGs), involving technical, policy, capacity enhancement and finance elements. But transformative actions come with risks, for farmers, investors, development agencies and politicians. Likely short and long term impacts need to be understood.
Language: English
Publisher: Elsevier
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Type: Article
Place: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Pages: 13-20
Journal: Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability
Journal Volume: 34
DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2018.06.005
Audicence: Researchers
Agrovoc: CLIMATE CHANGE
Agrovoc: FOOD SYSTEMS
Agrovoc: AGRICULTURE
Agrovoc: NITROGEN FERTILIZERS


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    Sustainable intensification agriculture including topics on cropping systems, agronomy, soil, mechanization, precision agriculture, etc.

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