Climate change – what’s agriculture got to do with it!?
European Commissioner for Agriculture
Time: Wednesday, 20. January 2021, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (CET), subsequent deep dive 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Languages: English, French, German, Polish, Spanish
- The topics that were discussed covered three dimensions of agriculture’s interaction with the climate: the agri-food sector’s contribution to climate change mitigation; the climate-resilience of food systems; and the role of international trade and development cooperation.
- The High Level Panel concluded that modernising the global food system and producing food around the world in a more environmentally responsible and climate-smart manner can (and should) make a large contribution to mitigating the effects of climate change, particularly on vulnerable communities.
- The way food is produced, traded and consumed, i.e. the global food value chain, needs to take into account the reality of climate change and prepare for its impacts: while a shift towards sustainability is inevitable, we must also diversify the food chain to ensure uninterrupted food security for all. Shortening the value chain, producing food locally and reducing transport costs would mean lower CO2 emissions and could contribute to climate change mitigation.
- Finally, we must adapt the existing channels of international trade and development cooperation to better take into account the need to address the environmental and climate implications of the global food system. Our future development cooperation can be a real tool for effective joint action on agriculture, climate, innovation and value chain addition.
- In this sense, the Panel has reaffirmed our appreciation for the acute relevance of the theme chosen by our host Germany, and confirmed the Commissioner’s belief that the Big Picture is, indeed, global in scope, and all parts of the puzzle, be it agri-food trade, climate change, international cooperation or food security, are all connected.