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Food and Agriculture Offers Solutions to the Climate Crisis. Events at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26). Attend in person or stream!

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Across a series of inspiring events at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) please join us as we showcase how food offers a solution to the climate crisis.

NOTE: All events require pre-registration and are offered free both in person and via live stream!

Conversations will bring together food system visionaries, emerging leaders, and renowned experts in open dialogue and to highlight what is working and discuss ways forward in climate action.

The events will feature a diverse group of voices from across the food, agriculture, and energy sectors to foster respectful discussions with those outside our immediate sectors, neighborhoods, and viewpoints.

All events listed below are being offered in person in Glasgow (free to attend) and also streamed online. Space is extremely limited so please register for the events you wish to attend today!

Register today and please keep checking back as more events will be added.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Raising climate ambition for agriculture and food systems: Boosting Koroniva (WWF Panda Pavilion).

12:30pm-2:00pm. This event (blue zone area, badge required) will focus on the ongoing and future work of the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture (KJWA), which was set up at COP23 in 2017 to address the importance of transforming agriculture and food systems and help mainstream these issues in the UNFCCC process. The event will showcase concrete examples from member states and the importance of actions on the ground. We will also hear from young people on challenges and opportunities of the Koronivia process. The discussion will be of particular interest to negotiators in the KJWA community, state and non-state actors and all other ambitious stakeholders involved in climate and agriculture. The event is hosted by WWF, FAO, Biovision, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the Alliance of Bioversity International and International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CGIAR). Register HERE.

From the ground up: soil health for climate change mitigation, resilience and food system transformation (WWF Panda Pavilion).

4:00pm-5:30pm (blue zone area, badge required). Despite the multiple proven benefits that improved soil health provides, for food security, carbon sequestration and climate resilience, significant challenges remain in advancing action on the ground. This event will highlight the perspectives of different actors on soil health, how they are taking action to contribute, and the impacts that their soil-focused work is having for productivity, climate, nature and people. It will also highlight some of the key gaps and challenges that need to be overcome, and showcase a burgeoning imitative borne out of the UN Food Systems Summit process: the Coalition of Action for Soil Health (CA4SH), that will bring actors together to mobilize investment and strengthen the enabling environment for soil health to help simultaneously meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, Agenda 2030 and Land Degradation Neutrality targets. The event is hosted by WWF, CIFOR-ICRAF, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and Drought (UNCCD), WBCSD and and the Alliance of Bioversity International and International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CGIAR). Register HERE.

Sunday November 7, 2021

Healthy and Sustainable Diets (Nourish Scotland Pavilion)

4:00pm to 5:00pm (public area, no badge needed). Food systems experts will explore the inextricable link between healthy and sustainable diets and public health, local food systems, food workers, and biodiversity. Speakers include Club of Rome Co-President Sandrine Dixson-Declѐve, The Rockefeller Foundation Managing Director, Food Initiative Sara Farley, WWF Global Food Lead Scientist Brent Loken, Executive Director of Nourish Scotland Pete Ritchie, and Food Tank President Danielle Nierenberg. Register HERE.

Financing the future: What’s next for philanthropy in the climate emergency (Nourish Scotland Pavilion)

5:15pm to 6:15pm (public area, no badge needed). Philanthropy spends billions on issue areas which are implicitly connected to food systems such as environment, nature conversation, climate, health, nutrition, human rights, and sustainable development but food systems issues are seldom explicitly addressed in funding strategies. Will 2021 prove to be the year when all that changed? This session explores the ways in which philanthropy can help translate commitments made at global, national and regional forums - like the UN Food Systems Summit and COP26 and others - from words and into action. Presented by the Global Alliance for the Future of Food and Food Tank. Register HERE.

Exclusive Film Screening: The Ants and the Grasshopper (Nourish Scotland Pavilion)

7:30pm-9:30pm (public area, no badge needed). "The Ants and the Grasshopper," a new documentary by author, filmmaker and academic Raj Patel, shows how the fight for climate action will also be a battle for food sovereignty, racial justice, and gender equality around the world. A conversation between Patel and Food Tank President Danielle Nierenberg will follow the film's screening. Register HERE.

Monday, November 8, 2021

Lifting Up Solutions for Healthy and Sustainable Diets (Rockefeller Pavilion)

12:30pm-1:30pm. This session will explore the importance of healthy sustainable diets for people and the planet. Speakers will address the challenges communities face accessing fresh, healthy foods as well as potential solutions.

Part 1: Actionable Visions for Food Systems TransformationSeveral of The Rockefeller Foundation’s food system visionaries will showcase their inspiring and actionable visions for food systems change. Speakers include Head of the Maternal and Child Wellbeing Unit at the African Population and Health Research Center Elizabeth Kimani, President of the Good Food Fund Jian Yi, Professor Livestock & Sustainable Food Systems at Wageningen University & Research Imke de Boer, and Media RED Founder and CEO Tom Leach. Moderated by Food Tank President Danielle Nierenberg.

Part 2: Healthy and Sustainable Diets as a Solution to the Climate Crisis.

Speakers will discuss the importance of breaking silos and elevating healthy and sustainable diets to address the world’s most pressing challenges. Speakers include Program Director, Climate and Health & Well Being for the Global Alliance for the Future of Food Patty Fong, World Wildlife Fund's Global Food Lead Scientist Brent Loken, Managing Director for the Food Initiative at The Rockefeller Foundation Sara Farley, Senior Research Coordinator at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) Dr. Namukolo Covic, and Deputy Partnerships Director for Zero Hour International Lana Weidgenant. Registration HERE.

Using Investment and True Cost Accounting as Levers for Food Systems Change (Rockefeller Pavilion)

3:00pm-4:30pm. This session will explore investment and True Cost Accounting (TCA) as powerful tools that can effect food systems change. Panelists will discuss the importance of each tool and what it will take unlock their power.

Part 1: Using True Cost Accounting to Shift Policy, Behavior, and InvestmentPanelists will explain the value of True Cost Accounting (TCA), a tool that measures the true cost of food, including its impact on human and environmental health. Speakers include Senior Vice President for the Food Initiative at The Rockefeller Foundation Roy Steiner, Sustainable Food Trust Founder Patrick Holden, CEO of Danone Antoine de Saint-Affrique, Impact Navigator at Tony’s Chocolonely Pavithra Ram, Executive Director of the Global Alliance for the Future of Food Ruth Richardson, and more to be announced soon!

Part 2: Investment and Finance for Healthy and Sustainable Diets Panelists will explore how finance and investment can make food and agricultural systems more environmentally sustainable, nourishing, and socially just. Speakers include President of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development Peter Bakker, Executive Director of FAIRR Initiative Maria Lettini, founding member and Chair of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board Eivind Lorgen, Head of Agricultural Livelihoods at the IKEA Foundation Petra Hans, and Director for Transformational Investing in Food Systems (TIFS) Initiative Rex Raimond. Register HERE.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Climate Change, Food Insecurity, and Child Health (WHO Health Pavilion).

10:00am-11:00am (blue zone area, badge required). This session will be on climate change, food security, and child health and will present recent findings on Burkina Faso and Ethiopia, along with a global analysis on climate change and food security. Speakers include Director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, LSE Professor Elizabeth JZ Robinson, Researcher at Fondazione CMCC Dr. Shouro Dasgupta, Director of the Walker Institute, University of Reading Professor Ros Cornforth, Director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) Dr. Saleemul Huq, and National UNFCCC Focal Point, Secretariat Permanent du Conseil National pour le Développement Durable (SP/CNDD) Do Etienne Traore. Moderated by Food Tank President Danielle Nierenberg.

A New Approach to Meat (Nourish Scotland Pavilion)

3:30pm-5:00pm (public area, no badge needed). As industrial animal agriculture contributes to environmental degradation, panelists will discuss what it takes to change the production of animal protein while maintaining farmers' livelihoods and food security. Speakers include Aleph Farms Co-Founder and CEO Didier Toubia, Sustainable Food Trust Founder Patrick Holden, UN Nutrition Executive Secretary Stineke Oenema, Aleph Farms Vice President of Sustainability Lee Recht, 50by40 CEO Lasse Bruun, WWF Global Food Lead Scientist Brent Loken, and Food Tank President Danielle Nierenberg. Register HERE.

Grasslands and Savannahs: Climate Solutions Beyond Forests at the COP26 (Nourish Scotland Pavilion)

5:30pm-6:30pm (public area, no badge needed). This special panel discussion will explore the importance of our global grassland and savannah systems, the services and benefits they provide, including as undervalued assets and overlooked solutions in our climate agenda. Moderated by Food Tank's Danielle Nierenberg. Register HERE.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Diets, Climate and Nature: The role of what we eat in a 1.5oC future (WWF Panda Pavilion)

This event will examine the critical link between Diets, Climate, and Nature in achieving a 1.5°C future. These agendas are inextricably linked, and their success or failure ultimately depends on the extent to which the right balance is found.

Part 1. 11:30am-12:30pm (blue zone area, badge required). Title: Balancing nature restoration and biodiversity conservation with healthy diets for all. Part 1 will explore the need to balance efforts to restore nature to combat the climate crises and protect biodiversity, with the moral imperative to feed humanity healthy diets. Speakers include: Stineke Oenema (UN Nutrition), Brent Loken (WWF), Henry Dimbleby (TBC), Diane Holdorf (WBCSD). Moderated by Food Tank's Danielle Nierenberg. More details HERE.

Part 2. 1:00pm-2:00pm (public area, no badge needed). Title: Mobilizing finance to address climate risk and restore biodiversity while ensuring healthy diets for all. Part 2 will bring together stakeholders from the world of finance, investment, civil society, and food production to discuss how the public and private sectors can work together to mobilize finance to address climate risk and restore biodiversity while ensuring healthy diets for all. Co-hosted by FAIIR and moderated by Food Tank's Danielle Nierenberg. Speakers include: Zitouni Ould-Dada, Deputy Director, UN-FAO; Helena Wright, Policy Director, FAIRR; Steve Waygood, Chief Responsible Investment Officer Aviva Investors; Patrick Brown, CEO, Impossible Foods; Joao Campari, Global Leader, Food Practice, WWF. More details HERE.

NOTE: This event is part of the 12-day event series, Recipes for Resilience, hosted by Nourish Scotland. Learn more here.

Venue Locations

Nourish Scotland Pavilion, 1 Houldsworth Street, Glasgow, G3 8ED, United Kingdom

The Rockefeller Pavilion, Scottish Event Campus (SEC), Exhibition Way, 100 sqm2, Hall 4, Blue Zone, Glasgow, G3 8YW, United Kingdom

University of Glasgow, University Avenue, Glasgow , G12 8QQ, United Kingdom

WWF Panda Pavilion, Scottish Event Campus (SEC), Exhibition Way , Hall 4, Blue Zone, Glasgow, G3 8YW, United Kingdom

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