In the lead up to COP28, a coalition of more than 80 powerful organisations from across the global food system have signed an open letter to incorporate food system transformation into the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The letter calls for a clear political stance to be taken by governments and for food systems action to be part of the National Adaptation Plans, Nationally Determined Contributions and long-term strategies.
The collective open letter included signatures from the WWF, Global Alliance of the Future of Food, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, The Food System Partnership and the Food and Land Use Coalition. The letter reiterates the demands made in a comparable letter signed by over 100 organisations during COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh that urged the food system to be incorporated into the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture. This year, the letter calls for a holistic approach to food systems within the Sharm el-Sheikh Joint Work on Implementation of Climate Action on Agriculture and Food Security (SSJW), as well as incorporation into national governance. The GAIN I-CAN report found that only 2% of Nationally Determined Contributions featured actions to tackle food-related issues. Policies could include support for sustainable food production, reductions in food loss and waste, promoting healthy and sustainable diets, conserving and restoring ecosystems and investment into regenerative practice. Importantly, the letter emphasises that these policies must be established through inclusive and participatory governance in order for food system transformation to be balanced with social equality issues related to human rights, gender and livelihoods.