Cop27 climate summit charts small path for global food justice

AP - Dar Yasin

For the first time in history, “safeguarding food security and ending hunger” is a fundamental global priority. That’s thanks to its inclusion in the final deal reached at the UN’s Cop27 climate summit in Egypt.

Agricultural groups and NGOs working to address food waste and sustainability welcome the move, but say those words need to be followed up with concrete action to ensure the world’s food systems are made more equitable, inclusive and resilient.

It’s no small task, either. A United Nations report in July warned the number of people going hungry rose to 828 million in 2021 – an increase of 150 million since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Studies, meanwhile, tell us that food production as it stands accounts for a third of global greenhouse emissions, with animal-based foods producing roughly twice the emissions of plant-based ones.

“We've got a food system that has enormously detrimental effects to the environment … biodiversity loss, use of land, use of water … and in the meantime it is failing in its primary goal, which is to nourish the world's population,” Oliver Camp, of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, or GAIN, told RFI.

“The population is still growing, so we've got some work to do to really improve the way our food systems work for the people and the planet.”

Historic progress

The issue of food and nutrition – and their links to the climate crisis – has gotten more attention at Cop27 than it has received at any previous Cop event.

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