Climate-smart and regenerative agriculture has been saved
Climate-smart and regenerative agriculture
Transitioning towards sustainable farming
A new report, developed collaboratively by Deloitte, the World Economic Forum and NTT Data, uses the results of an extensive farmer survey in the EU as a case study to outline how targeted investments in sustainable agriculture can provide positive economic benefits for farmers, improve ecological and climatic health, and build a more resilient global food supply.
Farmers’ critical role in building sustainable and resilient food systems
Food and agricultural systems are a cornerstone of society, feeding the world and accounting for more than one-fifth of jobs. As climate change continues to alter growing conditions, farmer livelihoods and food security will likely become increasingly threatened. Fortunately, a set of sustainable agriculture practices can reverse these trends and has the potential to transform global food production.
This report calls for business leaders, policy makers, NGOs, academics, and farmers to come together to boost adoption of climate-smart agricultural practices. Our analysis finds that if an additional 20% of EU farmers begin climate-smart farming, by 2030 they can collectively increase their annual incomes by up to €9.3 billion, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 6%, and improve soil health over 14% of the EU’s agricultural land.
Climate-smart agriculture and the European Green Deal
Climate-smart agriculture, which is sometimes referred to as regenerative agriculture or carbon farming, focuses on climate-smart inputs, agro-ecological practices, efficient irrigation technology, and precision farming techniques. It aims to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change, enhance soil health and biodiversity, and improve farmer income while producing additional high-quality food.
Climate-smart agriculture lies at the heart of the EU’s efforts to achieve climate neutrality in the land-use sector by 2035. As part of the Farm to Fork Strategy under the European Green Deal, the 27-nation bloc has committed itself to removing at least as much carbon through land use as it produces, and to halve soil nutrient loss and chemical pesticide use by 2030.
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