Climate change exacerbates hunger worldwide; agroecology is a way out

The consequences of climate change will occur sooner and be more devastating than previously assumed, resulting in millions of additional people affected by hunger. On August 9, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will comment officially on this alarming statement from its leaked draft report. A recent study by Biovision, FAO and FiBL shows a way out: agroecology.

»»Media Release 04.08.2021


Martin Grossenbacher, Biovision

At the end of June, Agence France-Presse reported on the contents of a leaked draft report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The report warns that the devastating effects of climate change will occur much sooner than previously expected, which will include millions more people affected by hunger by 2050. On Monday, 9 August, the IPCC will present the report officially at a media conference.

In a study conducted together with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL, Biovision scientifically demonstrated that agroecology is able to better protect agriculture from the consequences of climate change (including droughts, storms, and more.). Fabio Leippert of Biovision, who led the study, commented on a recent article published in the journal Ökologie und Landbau (available only in German; see more on the study here):

"The study shows that farmers who practice agroecology demonstrate increased resilience that helps them to adapt to climate change. ... There is (thus) a great political opportunity to embrace agroecology as an adaptation measure to climate change. ... Despite the positive indications, however, there is unfortunately still a lack of decisive action – and money! Only if the wealthy West is ready to better support poorer countries in climate protection will there be real momentum. Only then will farmers like Elizabeth Karimi in the global South have a chance to cope with climate change in the future."

The IPCC  has already identified a sustainable transformation of food systems as a lever to better equip agriculture against the impacts of climate change and to curb emissions from the sector, which is responsible for one third of greenhouse gases. At the UN Food Systems Pre-Summit at the end of July, many ministers expressed their support for an agroecological transformation. Agroecology was also named as one of seven tone-setting coalitions at the Food Systems Summit in September. Biovision is actively involved in the preparations for the Summit at national and international level.