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Food systems, which gather all the elements and activities that relate to the production, processing, distribution, preparation, and consumption of food, account for approximately 25 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions. If they continue a business-as-usual trajectory, it will single-handedly exhaust the 1.5oC compatible emissions budgets for all sectors.
This paper seeks to provide guidance and recommendations for policymakers to increase ambition in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement using the climate change mitigation and adaptation potential of a transition to sustainable food systems.
The guidance and recommendations provided in this paper are meant to serve as a starting point for discussions, future development and to provide a clear way towards measurable, actionable outcomes within their NDCs.