Fair Carbon Food systems

Fair Carbon Food systems

News item
02 Nov 2022

Every year the UNFCCC (UN Framework Convention on Climate Change) organizes the Conference of the Parties (COP). This year to be held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, Africa. During this conference, governments will build on previous climate agreements to delay climate change and maintain a liveable earth for all. But during the conference, not only governments but all stakeholders get a chance to advocate their visions.

Climate justice
To achieve climate justice Cordaid and FairClimateFund will advocate for firmer international climate action. Our pleaincludes the following topics and advocacy messages:

  • Promote climate-resilient agri-food systems
  • Ensure a fair transition to zero-carbon economies
  • Ensure fair and balanced climate finance
  • Establish a facility to fund Loss & Damage
  • Better protect internally displaced people
  • Ensure a focus on gender equality in all climate actions

“Cordaid and FairClimateFund call for the transformation towards climate-resilient agri-food systems. Food systems are responsible for nearly 30% of Greenhouse Gas emissions. From farm to fork, supply chain actors are stepping up and taking action to mitigate their carbon footprints. At the same time, smallholder and family farmers need support to shape agricultural systems that feed the people while being adapted to the changing climate. During COP27, Cordaid and FairClimateFund will host a side-event to explain how the carbon market can play a role and secure adaptation and co-benefits for local farmers beyond mitigation.“ says Neera van der Geest, director of FairClimateFund.

During the side-event we will share the main lessons learnt by the impact assessment of the carbon methodology: Fairtrade Climate Standard. We illustrate what kind of support is needed for smallholder and family farmers to shape agricultural systems that feed the people while adapting to the changing climate. Second, we will dive into the “food print” of the food system using the Science Based Targets Initiative and focus on Scope 3 emissions. We will explore solutions for mitigation and adaptation using examples such as our climate project: Birds, Bees and Business in Burkina Faso. To finish, we will share lessons and recommendations for policymakers.

Juan Pablo Solis, Senior Advisor Climate and Environment, Fairtrade International
Deborah Osei-Mensah, Fairtrade ambassador and producer at Asunafo Cocoa Farmers
Neera van der Geest, CEO, FairClimateFund
Dr Olivia Henke, board member, Foundation Development and Climate Alliance

More information:
Title: Building a Fair Carbon Food System: How food can tackle emissions for a low carbon tomorrow
Date: Friday, 11 Nov 2022
Time: 16:45 – 18:15 (UTC+2)
Location: COP27: Blue Zone, Room Khuffu
Link livestream event (available on 11 Nov 2022): LIVE View:
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Background documents:

Our message for sharm el sheikh
Climate justice policy brief 2022