Climate Change and Food Systems Principles

We propose a set of Climate Change and Food Systems Principles to support stakeholders making choices about mitigation and adaptations interventions:

  • Interconnectedness:  Examine overall systems-level impacts (including impacts on health, ecosystems, equity) from specific mitigation and adaptation interventions.
  • Equity:  Pursue mitigation and adaptation interventions that respect human rights and ethical considerations, support sustainable livelihoods, access to healthy and nutritious food, gender equality and environmental justice.
  • Resilience:  Support interventions that enhance the adaptive ability of diverse biophysical, economic, socio-cultural, and other systems to a changing climate.
  • Renewability:  Advance interventions that support the restorative capacity of diverse natural and social resources that are the foundation of a healthy planet and future generations.
  • Responsiveness:  Design interventions that are able to respond to unanticipated rapid or significant changes in an uncertain future.
  • Transparency:  Be transparent about the effects of mitigation and adaptation interventions throughout the system, including impacts on health, equity, diversity, and sustainability.
  • Scale:  Evaluate the scale of impact from interventions – positive, negative, and neutral – in food systems.
  • Evaluation:  Assess systems-level changes within a systems change evaluation framework using appropriate systemic measures of mitigation and adaptation interventions and their interactions.

The Principles above include, but are not limited to, those adopted and adapted from the Global Alliance for the Future of Food. Examples of how these principles could be applied are provided in Section 5 of the Report.