We need to transform our agricultural practices to reduce their impact on climate and nature and to become resilient in the face of unavoidable climate change. Picking up that ripe avocado in a supermarket in Western Europe, we rarely think of the farmer who brought this seed to life, and even less so about how our modern food and agriculture systems are both a driver and victim of climate change and nature loss. But we are sleepwalking our way into this crisis. Madagascar today faces what is the first climate change-created famine in modern history. It is time to wake up and see all that is at stake with irreversible consequences. Agriculture, which today is responsible for about one-third of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and 80 percent of tropical deforestation, can also be the solution for fighting and adapting to climate change. Farmers and primary producers — stewards of that land — have a critical role to play in helping the world transition towards a net-zero, nature-positive and equitable future. The question then is: How can we realign incentives and shift systems to accelerate this transition which puts farmer livelihoods at the center? Farming as usual is no longer […]

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