“Transforming food systems for net-zero is essential for the whole Paris Agreement equation to work and deliver on the need to limit the temperature increase to 1.5˚ C above pre-industrial levels by 2050, with important benefits for the resilience of millions of people around the world,” says Federico Bellone, co-author, UN High Level Climate Champions & Race to Zero.
However, there are no silver bullet solutions that work across local, regional and global scales. Local and regional food system intensification must identify locally relevant strategies to meet socio-economic and environmental targets. “While net-zero food systems are achievable, bolder implemen-tation of more efficient production practices is fundamental to meet both global food production and climate goals,” says Ciniro Costa Jr., lead author, Alliance of Bioversity International & CIAT. To achieve net-zero, the global food system must implement cost-effective mitigation practices and technologies by 2030 and improve country governance and technical assistance by 2040. By 2050, innovative financial mechanisms and affordable technologies must be implemented to achieve a net-zero emission global food system.
This roadmap presents milestones. “We cannot wait to start changing consumption patterns and developing new technologies. We must start now,” say the authors.