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Growing Equitable Food Systems for a Changing Climate

A special Sustain What conversation

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Food systems must be transformed to be more equitable and sustainable. Countries have invested trillions of dollars to prop up food systems that are unsustainable for farmers and for the planet. For example, a coffee farmer receives about $0.07 on average for a $2.80 cup of coffee (Specialty Coffee Association), and 23% of global GHGs are attributed to agriculture and land use (IPCC).

We see opportunities to create food systems that support food sovereignty, facilitate adaptive and climate-friendly farming methods, and fit within local ecosystems, economies, and communities. However, transformation will require rethinking governance and the investment of financial, human, and technological resources in food systems.

Join research experts, engaged students, and leaders from the private sector and civil society for a thought-provoking session focused on enabling transformation in food systems. Participants in this event will learn about key successes and critiques of the UN Food Systems Summit and explore real-world examples of cross-sector partnerships that transform food and energy systems to work better for all people and the planet.

Moderated by Andrew Revkin, Founding Director, Initiative on Communication & Sustainability, The Earth Institute, Columbia Climate School


  1. Jessica Duncan, Associate Professor at Wageningen University. IPCC for food systems, sustainable and regenerative food systems, policy and governance transformation.
  2. Taylor Ricketts, Gund Professor at University of Vermont and Director of the Gund Institute for Environment. Scaling up approaches to paying farmers for clean air, clean water, and other benefits provided by nature.
  3. Cheryl Pinto, Global Values Led Sourcing Manager at Unilever/Ben & Jerry’s.
  4. Juan Nicolas Hernandez-Aguilera, Post-doctoral Research Scientist, The International Research Institute for Climate and Society, The Earth Institute, Columbia University

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Co-hosted by the University of Vermont Gund Institute for Environment; Columbia University MPA in Development Practice; and School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) Environmental Coalition (ECO) and Working Group on Race, Inequality, Solidarity and Economics (RISE)

The Climate Group has selected the Columbia Climate School as its university partner for this year’s Climate Week NYC. Running Sept. 20-26, Climate Week NYC convenes key climate leaders to accelerate climate action and discuss ambitious commitments ahead of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference, or COP26, later this fall in Glasgow.

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