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100 Million Farmers: Transitioning to net-zero, nature-positive food systems

100 Million Farmers is a multistakeholder platform catalysing action to transition to net-zero, nature-positive food systems by 2030. It sets out a shared global ambition while supporting local solutions that incentivize farmers and empower consumers to place climate, nature and resilience at the core of the food economy.

Transforming food systems: an imperative and an opportunity

Agricultural systems are increasingly acknowledged for their unique potential to address global challenges. Food system actors can feed a growing population while supporting the fight against climate change and nature loss. But to do so, they need to transition to more sustainable and resilient farm-based practices that are regenerative or climate-smart. These practices create a variety of co-benefits beyond greenhouse gas reductions and sequestration, such as increased farmer socio-economic resilience and improved soil health and water quality. The cumulation of these benefits, described as a “carbon+” approach, would ensure the health of both people and the planet.

Towards net-zero, nature-positive food systems

Ambitious and integrated action across sectors is needed to rebuild the food and agriculture economy with climate, nature and resilience at its core. Critical to this action is the development and deployment of market-based incentives – including carbon markets – that signal to actors along supply chains that there is value beyond productivity alone.

100 Million Farmers has three bold objectives that place the farmer at the centre of the transition and recognize the need to empower consumer demand:

1. Advance a shared narrative for food systems to address climate change and biodiversity loss

2. Facilitate collective action through multistakeholder partnerships that work with farmers to drive action and deliver on net-zero, nature-positive targets

3. Activate a systems change at scale to empower 100 million farmers and 1 billion consumers to shift to sustainable agriculture by creating the necessary enabling environment

The 100 Million Farmers Platform is probably the biggest initiative ever to change the face of farming, and it is amazing to see an effort that aims at gathering 100 million farmers to do just that. Unless we take hands with the farmers and partner up right from the value chain, straight to the consumers, doing this as a team effort, the transition will not get done.

—By Theo De Jager, CEO of World Farmer’s Organization

Translating global ambition into place-based action

100 Million Farmers is a global platform driving an action-focused agenda anchored in regional and national coalitions that develop “lighthouse” projects led by multistakeholder public-private coalitions. By building and aligning efforts at the local level, the platform will catalyse and enact cost-effective, practical solutions tailored to local food systems and the natural ecosystems they depend on, and designed to reach a tipping point of farmers within the region to drive transformative change. All 100 Million Farmers lighthouse projects draw on critical enablers, such as innovation, data, transformative finance and partnerships, and adapt these to the local context. The platform model also ensures the sharing and translation of best practices across regions, for instance to build South-South best-practice exchanges and cooperation.

Join us

A wide range of perspectives, expertise and stakeholders is needed to help transform food systems for a net-zero, nature-positive world. Our goal is to work with many more farmers, businesses, governments, NGOs and academics, and to collaborate with other initiatives in this area. To find out more about 100 Million Farmers or join our work, email 100MFarmers@weforum.org

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