Making good food more sustainable: Exploring the intersection between agriculture and energy
While the world still battles the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on food security, climate change continues to present a major crisis for our food systems, one that is long-lasting and will severely impact the ability to feed up to 10 billion people by 2050. At the same time, the food and agriculture sectors are some of the major contributors to climate change, accounting for 70 percent of global freshwater use and nearly a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions.
On the sidelines of the World Food Prize, The Rockefeller Foundation will be hosting a panel discussion focused on how innovation at the intersection of agriculture and energy can build more resilient and sustainable food systems and deliver good food to all. The ag-energy nexus will be particularly important as we consider how to make food systems more resilient to the effects of climate change, while also reducing the environmental footprint they have on the planet.
Renewable energy in agriculture and food supply chains offers a clear path forward for producing and delivering good food to market while also providing equitable economic development opportunities for farmers, small and mid-sized enterprises and their communities. This panel will explore how the agricultural and energy sectors can work together to scale promising new solutions and embrace the potential of innovations like solar mini-grids. Leaders from these two fields will come together for a cross-cutting discussion on transforming how the food system is powered, focused around themes of collaboration, innovation and equitable access for all.