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World Bank Release Report on Agrifood and Climate Change

Jerry Hagstrom
By  Jerry Hagstrom , DTN Political Correspondent
An open-air farmers market in North Carolina. A new World Bank report looks at sustainable production of food and climate change. A pair of upcoming webinars also look at conservation in the farm bill and lowering greenhouse gas emissions. (DTN file photo by Chris Clayton)

The World Bank on Tuesday released a report "Recipe for a Livable Planet: Achieving Net Zero Emissions in the Agrifood System?"

The bank said the report "offers the first comprehensive global strategic framework to mitigate the agrifood system's contributions to climate change, detailing affordable and readily available measures that can cut nearly a third of the world's planet heating emissions while ensuring global food security."

The bank said, "These actions, which are urgently needed, offer three additional benefits: improving food supply reliability, strengthening the global food system's resilience to climate change, and safeguarding vulnerable populations."

"This practical guide outlines global actions and specific steps that countries at all income levels can take starting now, focusing on six key areas: investments, incentives, information, innovation, institutions, and inclusion.

"Calling for collaboration among governments, businesses, citizens, and international organizations, it maps a pathway to making agrifood a significant contributor to addressing climate change and healing the planet."

Monique Mikhail, campaigns director of the Agriculture & Climate Finance Program with Friends of the Earth U.S., said, "Today's World Bank report shows important progress in the bank's recognition of the negative climate impacts of the global agrifood system and the need to dramatically reduce emissions from the sector."

"But governments and consumers aren't the only ones that need to act. The World Bank, IFC, and other multilateral development banks and international financial institutions must direct their support toward transitioning to a just and sustainable global food system, beginning by halting their support for industrial livestock production.

"As the report indicates, continued financing of this high-polluting and climate-destructive industry undermines the Sustainable Development Goals and threatens to keep the goals of the Paris Agreement out of reach. It's clear the World Bank knows this, and now it's time for action.

"To pave the way for a livable planet, the world's leading financial institutions must reassess their agricultural investments and immediately cease financing the expansion of factory farming," Mikhail said.

-Open Knowledge Repository --Recipe for a Livable Planet: Achieving Net Zero Emissions in the Agrifood System https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/…

-Overview https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/…

IATP, NSAC, Izaak Walton League to Hold Farm bill Webinar

The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and the Izaak Walton League will hold a webinar on Monday, May 13, on the farm bill, federal conservation enrollment and the farm safety net.

Speakers will include Kate Hansen, agriculture program director, Izaak Walton League; Jesse Womack, conservation policy specialist, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition; Michael Happ, program associate for climate and rural communities, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.

The webinar will take place from Noon to 2 p.m. CDT. Registration is required.

- Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy -- Finding the Funding: Federal conservation and crop insurance policy takeaways in a Farm Bill year https://www.iatp.org/…

-Webinar registration https://us02web.zoom.us/…

America Is All In to Host Webinar with USDA's Robert Bonnie

America Is All In, a group led by Gina McCarthy, an Environmental Protection Agency administrator during the Obama administration and a climate adviser to President Biden, will host a webinar, "Unlocking the Potential for U.S. Lands, Farms, and Forests for Climate Action" on Thursday, May 16 from Noon to 12:45 p.m. CDT.

The organizers said, "This America Is All In webinar will explore the pivotal role of the land sector in advancing U.S. climate goals and realizing substantial benefits for our communities and ecosystems."

"Rooted in new findings that the U.S. land sector can achieve 70% emissions reductions by 2035 compared to 2021 levels, the webinar speakers will discuss how we can achieve these reductions through critical action across our diverse U.S. lands -- from farmlands to forests, parks to urban rooftops, grasslands, and more.

"Policy experts, practitioners, and analysts will delve into innovative solutions and policy strategies from across the country and address opportunities to enhance ambition from federal and non-federal actors to maximize the potential of the U.S. land sector."

Registration is required.

-America is All In https://www.americaisallin.com/…

-Unlocking the Potential for U.S. Lands, Farms, and Forests for Climate Action (Registration) https://wwfus.zoom.us/…

Jerry Hagstrom can be reached at jhagstrom@nationaljournal.com

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