New campaign calls for global pledges on agricultural innovation to reach climate and development goals

The new ‘Transforming Agricultural Innovation for People, Nature and Climate’ campaignpart of the UK’s Nature campaign for COP26is led by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). It hopes to unlock billions of investment for more sustainable agriculture around the world.

Launched by the Rt Hon Lord GoldsmithUK Minister for Pacific and the Environment at FCDO and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)at the 2021 Climate Adaptation Summit, the campaign aims to mobilize a global network of climate champions.

We want to transform agricultural innovation for people, nature & climate. Launched today by @ZacGoldsmith at the #AdaptationSummit, our campaign wants to unlock billions for sustainable agriculture. Pledge your support today ahead of #COP26

— CCAFS (@CGIARclimate) January 26, 2021

The goal is to create a groundswell of international support for a new vision for agricultural innovation as we move closer to the UN COP26 summit, which the UK hosts in Glasgow this November.

The FCDO-CCAFS co-chaired campaign calls for new international commitments to finance agricultural innovation, which will help us meet the Paris Climate Agreement. It will help to protect, manage and restore nature, while delivering more nutritious diets and better livelihoods for more people.

It specifically calls for half of all public investments in agricultural research to focus on innovations that provide new solutions across our food and agricultural systems. These investments will support the UN Sustainable Development Goals on food, climate and the environment.

There are half a billion smallholder farmers round the world, many of who already feel the full force of climate change, and have suffered at the economic disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic. To help the global community build back better, the campaign calls for a broad coalition of partner organizations and climate champions in commiting to:  

  • Increasing investment in innovation, research and development that supports food, climate and nature and meet farmers’ needs under a changing climate;
  • Sharing and showcasing new business models and examples of public-private partnerships that deliver climate resilient and nature-positive outcomes that can be delivered at scale;
  • Sharing knowledge and building consensus on evidence-based approaches that can support change;  
  • Building greater synergies among national and international partners to support and enable transformation;  

This campaign forms part of the UK government’s Sustainable Agriculture Campaign, which aims to mobilize action around the three enablers of the ‘Just Rural Transition’ initiative: policy action, transforming agricultural innovation and scaling up investment in sustainable land use and agriculture.

The campaign will secure voluntary commitments from a diverse range of stakeholders from every corner of the world - including government organizations, businesses, research agencies, academic institutions and farmers organizations, to name just a few.

The campaign builds on the catalyzing actions called for by the CCAFS-led Transformation Initiative. Find out more about this landmark initiative, which involved 100+ partners - Transforming Food Systems Under a Changing Climate

How you can commit to ‘Transforming Agricultural Innovation for People, Nature and Climate’

We encourage all our supporters in this campaign to pledge action in one (or more) of our goals:

  • Increase investment in innovation as well as the research and development of climate-resilient, nature-positive technologies and practices; .
  • Increase public investment in research that provides ‘end-to-end’ solutions that support the UN Sustainable Development Goals on climate and food;
  • Share and showcase new business models and examples of public-private partnerships that deliver climate-resilient and nature-positive outcomes that can be deployed on a large scale;
  • Share knowledge and build consensus on evidence-based approaches that support this transformation.

The campaign is looking for climate champions to endorse our campaign, and make our goals a reality. It wants to broaden the appeal of our vision with positive, tangible and realistic targets for change. 

You can be an international policy maker, a smallholder farmer, a diplomat, a journalist, a food and drink entrepreneur, a digital disruptor, a farmers collective representative, an artist, a chef or a student.

Whoever you are, we want to hear from you. Get in touch.