Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM for Climate) Initiative — Joint Press Release from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Agriculture, Livestock and Supply

Published in Apr 23, 2021 08:35 PM Updated in Apr 26, 2021 12:15 PM

Brazil has joined the Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM for Climate) initiative, a joint United States-United Arab Emirates proposal to foster global innovation and research and development (R&D) on agriculture. The platform was announced at the Leaders Summit on Climate on April 23. Other participants include Australia, Denmark, United Kingdom, Singapore and Uruguay. The terms of the initiative and work plan will be defined by the Food Systems Summit to be held in September 2021 in New York, and should present concrete proposals at the 26th UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP26) in November 2021. Brazil will contribute with evidence on the potential of tropical agriculture and the various technologies developed and implemented in the country to ensure low-carbon production systems, such as those included in the ABC Plan.

The AIM for Climate is inspired by the Mission Innovation, launched in 2015 with Brazil’s participation and with the goal to double in five years investments in research and development on renewable energy.

By COP26, the initiative will announce a collective increase in global investments in innovation and R&D aimed at agriculture and food systems which are resilient and resistant to climate change. It will also outline a framework to discuss and promote priorities, across international and national levels, in order to amplify the role of the initiative’s members.

Investments in innovation are expected to sustainably increase agricultural productivity while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It is also essential to ensure that technologies are available to producers at affordable costs, thus contributing to rural income and democratizing access to food. By catalyzing global investments in agricultural research, the initiative hopes to be able to globally disseminate rapid, efficient and transformative actions based on science-based and data-driven decisions and policy-making.