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How to increase food security and adaptation on a climate-stressed planet [Video]

Climate change is already affecting crop yields and overall farming and fishing productivity. In this session, global experts working at the intersection of agriculture, fisheries, climate change and food security will discuss what these changes mean for producer livelihoods, food supplies and food security. While the challenges are steep, solutions exist. Drawing upon their experiences in research and global development, as well as their lived experiences, the panelists will explore how climate-resilient agriculture and fisheries can help to scale up adaptation, especially for vulnerable people in developing countries. With enough political will, we can make food systems more resilient to climate shocks, while creating economic opportunity for smallholder producers and rural communities. SPEAKERS: • Keynote: Dr. Cary Fowler, US Special Envoy for Global Food Security, US Department of State • Moderator: Angela Churie Kallhaug, Executive Vice President for Impact, EDF • Panelists: • Jose Luis Chicoma, Former Minister of Production of Peru • Jim Leape, William and Eva Price Senior Fellow, the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment & Co-Director, Center for Ocean Solutions • Zitouni Ould-Dada, Deputy Director, Climate and Environment Division, FAO • James Gerber, Principal Research Scientist, Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota • Rahel Deribe Bekele, Research Scientist, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University • Ariel Ortiz-Bobea, Associate Professor of Applied Economics and Policy, Cornell University

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EDF & World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Exponential Action: Scaling National Level Ambition on Food Systems [Video]

Exponential action is needed throughout the global food system to meet climate, biodiversity, and health objectives. There is substantial evidence at the global scale of the need for such food system transformations but much less attention has been paid to how transformations towards more healthy and sustainable food systems might play out at the national level. Global targets and goals are necessary to provide a roadmap for change and draw attention to the urgent need for food system transformation but implementation of these targets and goals must take place at the national level. More importantly, global-level analyses can mask important differences between national level food systems and the challenges and opportunities for transformation in each country. This event will highlight why there is an urgent need for exponential action on food systems at the national level and how the level of ambition can be raised to achieve climate goals in the timeframe outlined in the newly released Exponential Roadmap report. SPEAKERS: • Moderator: Jennifer Chow, Senior Director, Climate-Resilient Food System, EDF • Joao Campari, Food Practice Leader, WWF • Amanda Leland, Executive Director, EDF • Brent Loken, Global Food Lead Scientist, WWF • Stefanos Fotiou, Director, UN Food Systems Coordination Hub & Office of SDGs, FAO

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Why livestock productivity is key to boosting livelihoods while solving for agricultural methane [Video]

Globally, more than one billion people derive some portion of their livelihood from raising livestock. Billions more depend on meat and dairy as a source of nutrition. Climate change threatens food security and smallholder livelihoods by making livestock production less efficient. At the same time, livestock production is the largest source of agricultural methane emissions globally. Fortunately, we don’t need to choose between supporting smallholder farmers and slowing climate change. Climate-smart livestock systems can make cattle and farms more resilient to climate impacts, while also reducing the climate impacts of animal agriculture. Join a panel of experts to discuss the vital need for more productive livestock systems — from both a socio-economic and climate perspective — as well as how to overcome key barriers to implementing regionally appropriate, climate-smart solutions. SPEAKERS: • Moderator: John Tauzel, EDF • Hayden Montgomery, Global Methane Hub • Mario Herrero Acosta, Cornell University • Claudia Arndt, International Livestock Research Institute

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How U.S. agriculture and forestry can reduce over half a billion metric tons of climate pollution [Video]

The United States has committed to cut its climate pollution in half by 2030. Doing so will require net greenhouse gas reductions from cropland, livestock and forestry systems, but details about how to achieve this have been unclear — until now. During the session, EDF will present the first set of science-based emissions reductions targets for the U.S. agriculture and forestry sectors by 2030. Building on previous analyses and published studies, we will lay out a path to meet these targets as quickly and cost effectively as possible during this defining decade for stabilizing the climate. Then, panelists will share how their organizations are supporting farmers and family forest owners in implementing climate mitigation practices and discuss what it will take to reach the 2030 targets.SPEAKERS:• Introduction: Britt Groosman, Vice President of Climate-Smart Agriculture, EDF• Keynote Address: William Hohenstein, Director, Office of Energy and Policy, USDA• Moderator: Amy Hughes, Senior Manager Climate-Smart Agriculture, EDF• Panel:• Melissa Ho, Senior Vice President Freshwater & Food, WWF-US• Rita Hite, CEO & President, American Forest Foundation• Freddie Davis, Director of Rural Training & Research Center, Federation of Southern Cooperatives• Craig Hanson, Managing Director for Programs, WRI• Steele Lorenz, Head of Sustainable Business, Farmers Business Network