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Actions for Transformation

Nothing short of a transformation is required if we are to meet global targets for agriculture, food systems­ and climate change. But where, in the complexity of food systems, are the most strategic levers for change?

This initiative aims to identify the high priority actions that we must collectively take now. Building on extensive consultation with a wide range of stakeholders, a comprehensive literature review, and commissioned background papers, we propose 11 transformative actions:

Shift to healthy and sustainable climate-friendly diets
The challenge:
Incentivize dramatic reductions in beef and dairy consumption in 15 high- and middle-income countries and all C40 cities by 2030.

Consumption of beef and dairy is the largest single driver of agricultural greenhouse gases globally. Beef production contributes 41% of total agricultural emissions, while dairy contributes about 20%. The primary targets for reducing consumption-related emissions are those high- and middle-income countries where meat and dairy consumption is or will be high. In low-income countries, livestock will continue to play important social, economic and nutritional roles.

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Reduce food loss and waste
The challenge:
By 2030 target 50% reductions in food loss and waste in five major supply chains where both greenhouse gasses and loss or waste are high, such as beef, dairy, and intensive fruit and vegetable production.

Numerous opportunities for reducing food loss and waste—as well as the associated unnecessary emissions—exist. Following SDG 12.3, we set the target at 50% reduction and focus on five major supply chains where both greenhouse gases and loss or waste are high: bovine meat, vegetables, fruits, dairy, and roots and tubers. Industrialized Asia, and South and Southeast Asia are priority regions.

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Drive social change for more sustainable decisions
The challenge:
Reach 10 million young people through science-based social movements to catalyze climate action in food systems.

Large-scale behavioral change, by producers and consumers alike, is necessary for transformation. Social movements have the power to trigger transformation, spurring change by businesses. At the same time, policies can promote changes in consumer habits. This action is about linking science to social movements to support transformation, e.g. using behavioral science to design interventions, translating scientific knowledge for a broad audience, communicating messages in innovative ways, bringing youth into the discussion, and improving education to raise awareness.

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