The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has welcomed the new report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Geneva on Thursday.
The IPCC report – among many things – highlights how unsustainable agricultural practices can turn land from an ally into a foe when it comes to climate change, and putting forward workable solutions to reduce or reverse these negative trends.
FAO stated that it is inconceivable that about one third of food produced is lost or wasted, and that between a quarter and a third of all greenhouse gas emissions are estimated to come from the way we use our land, and produce and consume our food.
“This is an alarming report on how the systematic degradation of soils, cutting of forests, desertification, unsustainable agricultural practices, and reduction of biodiversity have turned our land into a major source of carbon, putting our food security and environment at a greater risk,” FAO Deputy Director-General for Climate and Natural Resources Maria Helena Semedo said.
“In a context where the number of undernourished people continues to grow, and where global crop and economic models project a 29 percent increase in cereal prices in 2050 due to climate change, FAO hopes that the report will spur the global community to scale up climate change adaptation and mitigation actions,” added Semedo.
The global body asked for the adoption of smarter integrated farming systems.
It also called for mutually supportive climate and land policies that have the potential to save resources, amplify social resilience, support ecological restoration, and foster engagement and collaboration between multiple stakeholders.