Bismark Kpabitey | Sankofa Project. Bismark Kpabitey (left), 36, a cocoa farmer, offers training on irrigation to Emelia Debrah, 51, a cocoa farmer, John Kwabena Narh, 45, a cocoa farmer and Nicholas Amponsah, 30, a cocoa purchasing clerk, on Bismark's farm in Alavanyo, Ahafo Region of Ghana, on January 25, 2022...Bismark is under the Sankofa Project, a Fairtrade’s climate project helping farmers to adapt and mitigate against the effects of climate change. The project is supported by the Coop Sustainability Fund and Chocolats Halba, the Swiss Platform for Sustainable Cocoa (SWISSCO) and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), the International Trade Centre (ITC) and Max Havelaar Foundation Switzerland. It is implemented by ITC together with the Kuapa Kokoo Cooperative Cocoa Farmers and Marketing Union Limited (KKFU) and partners including the Government of Ghana, Fairtrade Africa, WWF Switzerland and the Yam Development Council. Technical support to the project is provided by Ecotop Suisse GmbH, South Pole and the Nature and Development Foundation (NDF).

What will we eat in 2050? Fair food systems needed for future food security

24 July 2023 – Farmers and consumers all over the world face an uncertain future unless there is a significant shift towards fair, sustainable food systems and environmentally-friendly agriculture, Fairtrade warned today.

As governments, civil society and international agencies gather in Rome for the 2023 United Nations Food Systems Stocktaking Moment; Fairtrade said that global food systems face unprecedented climate challenges and are “teetering on the edge of collapse.”

We know that in as little as 30 years, rising temperatures and changing precipitation patterns will have rendered many regions unsuitable for growing essential crops. Sustainable, equitable food systems are critical for the survival of both people and the planet. By proactively adopting sustainable and resilient food production models, we can avoid and mitigate many adverse climate impacts.

Juan Pablo Solis, Senior Advisor for Climate and Environment at Fairtrade International.

“The UN Stocktaking Moment provides the international community with an opportunity to make a final push towards a truly sustainable planet,” added Javier Aliaga Lordemann, Director of the Fairtrade Centre of Excellence in Climate & Environment. “But that won’t happen without a more sustainable food system built on holistic ecological, social and economic foundations.”

Fairtrade’s newly-launched sustainable agriculture policy calls for resilient food systems based on agroecology – the application of environmentally and socially responsible principles to farming. The organisation warns that failure to adopt agroecology on a global scale could result in widespread crop losses and shortages of certain foods.

“Climate impacts will inevitably trigger a host of environmental, social and economic consequences,” said Solis. “Countries whose economies rely on cash crops will suffer a drop in income. Forests and protected reserves will be at risk of deforestation as farmers seek more productive land. The livelihoods of entire communities will be threatened, and food systems will face significant upheaval – not just in the countries where food is grown, but where it is consumed.”

Challenges for food growers across the world already include:

  • banana producers in the Caribbean and in Central America experiencing scarcer rainfall and more extreme temperatures, while their fellow growers in Southeast Asia and Oceania face an increased risk of tropical cyclones
  • coffee farmers in key regions such as Brazil, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Colombia are encountering temperature spikes combined with drought, which could reduce coffee production by up to 50 per cent
  • rising temperatures depriving farmers of most of the farmland suitable for cashew production in India and Benin

Organisers of the three-day Rome summit say it will be an opportunity to “further socialise the powerful role of sustainable, equitable, healthy and resilient food systems” and to accelerate the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – now only six years away.

Fairtrade’s agroecology blueprint shows how sustainable farming can lead, in turn to sustainable food systems, sustainable livelihoods and social justice, especially in rural areas. We firmly believe that agroecological principles will enable two million Fairtrade farmers and workers to work in a way which benefits us all whilst helping to deliver Agenda 2030. There is barely a single one of the 169 different SDG action points that aren’t somehow related to food and farming. A sustainable future must also be a fair future.

Javier Aliaga Lordemann, Director of the Fairtrade Centre of Excellence in Climate and Environment.


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