Low-Emission Food Systems

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The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Assessment reports[1] make for grim reading – and make the urgency for accelerated climate change mitigation clearer than ever. Increasingly, the global food system is in the spotlight: valued at US$12 trillion, it contributes 21–37 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions (GHGE), around 70 percent of which comes from the Global South [2,3]. While the global food system provides critical food and nutritional security, livelihoods, and many socio-economic benefits, it also generates multiple externalities (negative side-effects).