This two-year effort is systematically building a globally recognized, trusted metanarrative about the nexus between climate change and food systems and using it to stimulate coordinated research, policy, and action to implement the changes needed to avoid catastrophic change.
There is mounting scientific evidence that we cannot achieve the global goal of limiting the global temperature increase to 2ºC without harnessing the mitigation potential of agriculture and food systems, from production and consumption. Currently, farmers, ranchers, and consumers around the world are already seeing the detrimental impacts of climate change on food production, food prices, and food security. There are a myriad of factors—politics, global trade, lack of trusted information, national and food security, food sovereignty, historical responsibility—that excluded agriculture and food systems from the Paris Agreement, save for a few references to safeguarding food production and security.
This project is aligned with the CCRP's objective of supporting collaborative research to support sustainable agriculture and food systems in its systemic, multi-sector approach. It is bringing together disparate existing research efforts and initiatives in order to collaboratively develop a global meta-narrative around climate change and food systems that inform and are informed by CCRP research efforts.
Meridian seeks to contribute significantly to:
- An emerging global consensus about the critical potential for agriculture and food systems in both mitigating and adapting to climate change, including greater certainty of agriculture's mitigation potential;
- More widespread inclusion of agriculture and food systems in how INDCs are implemented;
- Increased recognition of the need for a global accounting framework for agriculture; and
- Greater global momentum to have some explicit involvement of and engagement with the agriculture and food sectors at COP22.