Agriculture Leading the Way: Updates from the 2023 AIM for Climate Summit
The AIM for Climate Conference wrapped up in Washington, D.C., and agriculture was deemed as the leading factor to help reach net zero and spur food production worldwide.
The AIM for Climate Conference wrapped up yesterday in Washington, D.C., but not without some groundbreaking initiatives being set to further advance agricultural innovations.
“We can’t get to net zero, we can’t get this job done unless agriculture is front and center and a part of the solution,” says John Kerry, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, explaining the importance of this initiative.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says supporting agriculture innovation is already paying off as it is getting needed information to half a million African farmers.
“Providing information on weather allowed those farmers to make more informed decisions about their operations, and they saw a 10% increase in productivity just in having information available about the web,” Vilsack explains. “Now that’s pretty basic stuff, and when you start talking about some of the innovations that we’re dealing with here about seeds that can create their own fertilizer about methane emission strategies that can significantly reduce methane from livestock and preserve that part of agriculture. That’s why I’m so optimistic about the future. I honestly do think that agriculture can lead the way.”
The United Arab Emirates Minister for Climate Change and Environment says these investments are also going to help spur food production in hot, arid climates.