GFN's Response to the Emirates Declaration on Sustainable Agriculture, Resilient Food Systems and Climate Action

On Friday, December 1, the COP Presidency is expected to officially endorse the new Emirates Declaration on Sustainable Agriculture, Resilient Food Systems and Climate Action, which makes a clear connection between the global food and agriculture system and calls for countries to advance policies and finance to adapt and transform the food system.

The Declaration has been signed by over 130 countries so far.

Following is a statement by Lisa Moon, President & CEO of The Global FoodBanking Network:

“This Declaration marks the first time in the history of the UN climate talks that countries are making a clear commitment to take action on the global food system. This is a major development that should point to greater attention and action on the food system transformation over the coming years.

“A healthy food system and stable climate are integrally linked – and yet right now these systems are not working as they should. We are experiencing the rapidly mounting impacts of climate and simultaneously hundreds of millions of people face severe hunger each year.

“Importantly, the Declaration includes clear references to reducing food loss and waste, which sits at the heart of the food and climate crises. One-third of all food that is produced never gets to people’s tables. Further, food loss and waste is responsible for 8 to 10% of global emissions.

“Food banks around the world are a time-tested solution by collecting surplus food and delivering it to those who need it. With stronger policies and other incentives, food banks can greatly increase the amount of food that is recovered, helping feed more people and reducing waste and emissions.

“This Declaration is a bold and positive step. It must be followed by concrete policies, investments and action that accelerate the food system transition to better nourish people and the planet.”

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