Food: a GLF Climate reading list

Our selection of food-related articles to prep you for GLF Climate alongside COP26

The World Bank estimates that the global food system is worth roughly USD 8 trillion – about a tenth of the world economy. Markus Spiske, Unsplash
29 October 2021
29 October 2021

Here’s food for thought: global food production has risen, but so have hunger, malnutrition and carbon emissions from agriculture. In fact, the world’s food production alone could heat the planet by 1.5 degrees Celsius. Clearly, the world must change how it feeds itself. Join us for the second day (6 November) of the Global Landscapes Forum’s upcoming conference alongside COP26, GLF Climate, to hear from a range of experts and practitioners discussing food security, nature-based solutions for food production, supply chains and more. And here is a selection of some of Landscape News’ best food-related articles to warm up for the conference, and to join the event, digitally or in-person, get your ticket here, and learn more about the other days on forests and sustainable finance.

What is needed to safeguard food from future pandemics?

Lessons from COVID-19 ahead of the UN Food Systems Summit

As the COVID-19 pandemic threatens food security, experts are calling for drastic changes to the global food system. Nenad Stojkovic, Flickr
As the COVID-19 pandemic threatens food security, experts are calling for drastic changes to the global food system. Nenad Stojkovic, Flickr

Check out the full agenda here.


Seed conservation continues despite the pandemic: Secure crop diversity, secure food

An article by The Crop Trust

In the October deposit to Svalbard Global Seed Vault, 45 boxes containing almost 15 000 seed samples from seven genebanks were carried into the Seed Vault for safe, free-of-charge, long-term storage. The seven depositing genebanks are located in South-Korea, Kenya, Cõtes d'Ivoire, Nigeria, Poland and two in Thailand. Photo courtesy of NordGen.
In the October deposit to Svalbard Global Seed Vault, 45 boxes containing almost 15 000 seed samples from seven genebanks were carried into the Seed Vault for safe, free-of-charge, long-term storage. The seven depositing genebanks are located in South-Korea, Kenya, Cõtes d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Poland and two in Thailand. Photo courtesy of NordGen.

Want to learn more about crop diversity? Make sure to attend “It Starts with a Seed: Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change.” (6 November, 10:30-11:30 GMT)


Thought for food: Walter Willett on diet for personal and planetary health

The global nutrition leader reflects on the controversies of his career – and the benefits they continue to bring

Willett's recommended diet embodied in a meal of vegetables (cauliflower), seeds and plant oils. Courtesy of Caravan
Willett’s recommended diet embodied in a meal of vegetables (cauliflower), seeds and plant oils. Courtesy of Caravan

Learn more about this year’s Food System Summit and its findings at “The Future of Food.” (6 November, 14:00-14:30 GMT)


The missing piece of new biodiversity goals? Managed landscapes

Scientists and policymakers stress importance of targeting agricultural landscapes in Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

A Sumatran farmer spreads organic fertilizer on her agroforested farm, to increase soil matter, infiltration and water storage. Tri Saputro, CIFOR
A Sumatran farmer spreads organic fertilizer on her agroforested farm, to increase soil matter, infiltration and water storage. Tri Saputro, CIFOR

What can agroecology do for our food systems? Find out in the session “Transforming Food Systems through Agroecology.” (6 November, 18:00-19:00 GMT)


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