Yara Studio: Problem Statement 4

Collaborations to achieve 2030 climate goals 

How can we more effectively offset the carbon impact of agriculture and the food system through improved land use, effective use of inputs and new business models?

The link between the food system and land use is particularly strong – food production covers more than a third of the Earth’s total land area and is the largest single user of land.Recent increases and change in land use due to agriculture is one of the greatest sources of environmentally harmful emissions. Climate change is also one of the more significant challenges facing the food system in ensuring that it is able to produce enough food for a growing population. Land use and forests both play vital roles in the land-based natural ecosystem and should not be seen as separate to the food system. Indeed, there might be both practices and technologies from the food system that can be applied to forests and land use to improve their ability to mitigate climate change. 

In order to achieve the 2030 climate goals, we must both reduce and offset current emissions by identifying existing innovations and scaling these across the food and land use systems. These innovations could include initiatives such as using crop nutrition products in forests to increase carbon sequestration and deliver environmental progress without threatening livelihoods or economic growth.

The challenge: How can we develop collaborations that expedite the role that enhanced forest management and improved land-use can play in achieving the 2030 climate goals?