Food value chains strategy report offers recommendations based on systemic impact

A new report details the work of EIT Climate-KIC and its partner Metabolic, a consulting company using systems thinking to tackle major sustainability challenges, on the evaluation of EIT Climate-KIC’s food value chains strategy. This strategy will be used for selecting, assessing and funding startups and research projects in this thematic area, positioning it as an essential piece of EIT Climate-KIC’s decision making toolkit.

Agriculture now occupies roughly half of the plant-habitable surface of the planet yet around one third of food globally is wasted. Agriculture, forestry and other land uses are responsible for 24 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, positioning sustainable land use as a clear focal area for climate action.

One of they key recommendations from the report, “EIT Climate-KIC: Food Value Chains Strategy,” is that EIT Climate-KIC eliminate the separation between the Climate Smart Agriculture sub-theme and the Food Value Chains sub-theme, creating a single Agrifood theme with six primary areas of focus, which were determined based on potential impact and leverage.

The six primary topic areas are:

  • Sustainable and low carbon production
  • Food waste reduction
  • Sustainable and low carbon consumption
  • Policy, finance, and governance
  • Data collection and reporting
  • Innovation, education, capacity building, and
    technology transfer

In the Appendix, Metabolic provides a preliminary exploration of what a root cause and intervention assessment could yield in terms of priority areas for the first three topic areas listed above. 

Read the full report to learn more about Metabolic’s recommendations for EIT Climate-KIC’s food value chains strategy.

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