Often, carbon emissions resulting from agricultural productions occur during farming and food processing. Commercial scale farming often requires the clearing of chunks of forests and vegetation to accommodate the cash crop. Likewise, reports show that overstocking of livestock has significantly reduced vegetation cover in rural Africa and consequently increasing the quantities of carbon dioxide in the air. At the same time, The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) estimated that 14% of physical quantity of food is lost during post-harvest, up to (but not including) the retail level. This renders a third or 30% of the world’s food lost or wasted each year.
The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) culminates its work every year during its annual session in October at the FAO. However, CFS stakeholders are hard at work in Rome all year through working groups focused around issues on nutrition, agroecology, finance, and youth.
“Everything has to change for our planet to stay the same.”
António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations
It’s been five years since 193 UN Member States decided on the ambitious 2030 Agenda to end poverty and hunger, reduce inequality, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. 2020 marks the start of the final decade towards the realization of the SDGs.
With 10 years left, are we on track to achieving the SDGs?
Digital agriculture is emerging as one of the most exciting new innovation spaces in the food and agriculture sector. From AI-supported decision-making, imagery services to precision agriculture machinery, robotics and mobile services, there is a high level of interest from consumers, investors and policy-makers in the potential of this new approach to help deliver a sustainable, efficient and secure food supply.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is a group of 34 member countries that discuss and develop economic and social policy. Recently, OECD released a global report, The Heavy Burden of Obesity – The Economics of Prevention, on the impact and burden of obesity on public health and economics of each OECD country.
2019 was a successful year for Emerging Ag with many accomplishments worth highlighting!
As Emerging Ag welcomed 2019 we were able to have a look at the coming year and build plans around the events and projects everyone would be attending and taking part in. Through this planning, our calendar grew, and it shaped up to be a very busy year.
Everyone loves a celebration, and it seems now that there is an obscure celebration every day. There are, however, days that are often overlooked that may not be as sexy as days titled “World Chocolate Day (July 7th)”. Every year at the United Nations General Assembly the member states of the United Nations work to create and officiate a series of days and years meant to raise awareness on issues affecting the global community. Each international day is brought about by a resolution in the General Assembly and then voted on by the member states as something they can support. Each resolution explains the importance of the day or year and what is hoped to be achieved through its celebration.
While each day is an important reminder, for the work Emerging ag does we would like to highlight the days and themed years below.
Canada; Alberta in particular is a cold region compared to the East African landscapes where I live. I arrived in Calgary on an afternoon and perhaps I anticipated the cold would be a little bit friendly at that time of the day. To my amusement, the sun was out shining but it was a negative degree cold on the gauge.
I was attending work training and orientation for my new role as Project Coordinator, but I was also aware of the environment around me. It was my first trip to Canada and out of Africa for that matter.
Young farmers are moving agriculture ahead, and it is privilege to get to interact with them. One bright light is Karol Kissane of Ireland, a Nuffield scholar. The Nuffield programme really does have an eye for talent and selects future leaders for a year of intensive engagement globally. Karol has just finished his scholarship year and here is a fun video where he provides some feedback on the adventures he had: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aU5OOJVACDY
One of the highlights he cites is the chance to speak in plenary at the UN Committee on Food Security during a discussion on the Decade of Family Farming. What could be more important than having farmers be heard during such a decade. In that speech Karol stated “Today many people have referred to family farming as the backbone of the economy in many developing countries, but also those who are suffering the most. Let’s help all family farmers improve their livelihoods, build value chains and on-farm processing, and use innovation to improve the sustainability of their farms."
There is also a great series out by Farming First with farmers talking about the effects of climate change on them, but also the measures they are taking to tackle carbon emissions. No one is better placed to grow more crops, manage soils, plant more trees or sync more carbon than farmers. The potential to move to zero carbon farming relies on technologies and innovative practices that will have agriculture play its part to hit 1.5: https://www.un.org/en/climatechange/un-climate-summit-2019.shtml