WLE has been making significant contributions to the preparatory processes of the United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS). Since 2020 we have been coordinating UNFSS Action Track 3 (Nature positive production), contributing to Action Track 5 (Building resilience to vulnerabilities, shocks and stresses) and organizing and participating in UNFSS Global and Independent Summit Dialogues. CoSAI has also contributed evidence to the Summit’s cross-cutting ‘Lever of Change’ on innovation. Our close involvement has provided opportunities to promote WLE’s know-how and solutions to highly influential audiences.
IS WATER OVERLOOKED IN FOOD SYSTEMS?
There is an urgent need to acknowledge that without water security, there is no food security. In the context of the UN Food Systems Summit, WLE's Program Directors share their perspectives in this video.
The Summit’s Action Tracks bring together stakeholders from a wide range of backgrounds to share and learn, helping to foster new actions and partnerships and amplify existing initiatives. The Action Tracks are aligned with the Summit’s five objectives.
WLE is co-chair of the Land-Freshwater Nexus Solution Cluster which promotes integrated land and water resources management in food systems. We also contribute to the Innovation and Finance Levers of Change.
Accelerating the development of sustainable groundwater use in Africa could be pivotal in the transformation of the continent's food security and prosperity. This was the key message from a side event of the UN Food Systems Summit Science Days, organized by the African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW) with support from WLE.
CA4SH coordinates and operates mechanisms and processes globally to guide and catalyze public and market-based private sector investments in soil health to address food and nutritional security, economic growth, biodiversity and climate change.
Ringler, C.; Agbonlahor, M.; Baye, K.; Barron, J.; Hafeez, Mohsin; Lundqvist, J.; Meenakshi, J. V.; Mehta, L.; Mekonnen, D.; Rojas-Ortuste, F.; Tankibayeva, A.; Uhlenbrook, Stefan. 2021. Water for food systems and nutrition. Food Systems Summit Brief prepared by research partners of the Scientific Group for the Food Systems Summit 2021. Bonn, Germany: University of Bonn. Center for Development Research (ZEF) in cooperation with the Scientific Group for the United Nations Food Systems Summit 2021. 13p. [doi: https://doi.org/10.48565/scfss2021-tg56]
DeClerck, F.A.J.; Koziell, I.; Benton, T.; Garibaldi, L.A.; Kremen, C.; Maron, M.; Rumbaitis Del Rio, C.; Sidhu, A.; Wirths, J.; Clark, M.; Dickens, C.; Carmona, N.E.; Fremier, A.K.; Jones, S.K.; Khoury, C.K.; Lal, R.; Obersteiner, M.; Remans, R.; Rusch, A.; Schulte, L.A.; Simmonds, J.; Stringer, L.C.; Weber, C.; Winowieck, L. (2021) A whole earth approach to nature positive food: biodiversity and agriculture. Bonn (Germany): Center for Development Research (ZEF) in cooperation with the Scientific Group for the UN Food System Summit 2021. 26 p.
DeClerck, F. A. J.; Koziell, I.; Sidhu, A.; Wirths, J.; Benton, T.; Garibaldi, L. A.; Kremen, C.; Maron, M.; Rumbaitis del Rio, C.; Clark, M.; Dickens, Chris; Estrada-Carmona, N.; Fremier, A. K.; Jones, S. K.; Khoury, C. K.; Lal, R.; Obersteiner, M.; Remans, R.; Rusch, A.; Schulte, L. A.; Simmonds, J.; Stringer, L. C.; Weber, C.; Winowiecki, L. 2021. Biodiversity and agriculture: rapid evidence review. Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Water Management Institute (IWMI). CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE). 70p. doi: https://doi.org/10.5337/2021.215
Dalberg Asia. 2021. Funding Agricultural Innovation for the Global South: Does it Promote Sustainable Agricultural Intensification? Colombo, Sri Lanka: Commission on Sustainable Agriculture Intensification. 57p.
International Food Policy Research Institute. 2021. Estimating the global investment gap in research and innovation for sustainable agriculture intensification in the Global South. Colombo, Sri Lanka: Commission on Sustainable Agriculture Intensification. 75p.
The Coalition of Action 4 Soil Health – or Global Soil Hub – has been inspired by the UN Food Systems Summit and brings together countries, research organizations, farmers, the private sector and others to improve soil health.
Lessons learned from water productivity interventions worldwide have been distilled into a new White Paper which sets out six key principles to guide policy makers’ efforts to strengthen water and food security.
A pioneering pilot training program in India and Nepal is challenging tradition and helping communities to rethink gender relations in agriculture. Could its approach help to address gender inequalities more broadly?
Op-Ed from the Chair of the CGIAR WLE-supported Commission on Sustainable Agriculture Intensification (CoSAI) in The Hill.
Coronavirus has demonstrated our ability to transform food-supply chains at short notice, but the strain on the global food system will extend beyond the pandemic. Here's what to do, from CoSAI Chair in The Hill.
Although agriculture remains the biggest threat to biodiversity, experience suggests we can produce more food on less land without overexploiting natural resources and degrading wildlife habitats. We explore five critical factors to ensure agriculture becomes a force for biodiversity conservation.
Ahead of the UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) in September experts warn that the transformation of our food systems and the protection of our increasingly fragile ecosystems depends on improved water management and cross-sectoral collaboration