BIFAD Outlines Path for USAID to Achieve Transformative Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Results Across Agrifood System Investments
A new report from the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) recommends actions to achieve transformative climate change results across USAID agricultural and food system investments. The report, Operationalizing USAID’s Climate Strategy to Achieve Transformative Adaptation and Mitigation in Agricultural and Food Systems, was published and shared with USAID Administrator Samantha Power on Friday, November 17th.
The report presents six detailed operational and technical recommendations as well as targets for adaptation, mitigation, and finance in agrifood systems that align with those of USAID’s 2022–2030 Climate Strategy. The recommendations are intended to help USAID accelerate the achievement of its ambitious Climate Strategy goals within agrifood systems programming. The BIFAD Subcommittee on Systemic Solutions for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Agricultural, Nutrition, and Food Systems, a group of eleven experts, spent a year developing the report.
The recommendations stem from multidisciplinary evidence gathering and independent expert consultations led by the BIFAD Subcommittee, in addition to broad feedback at BIFAD public meetings. Here's a glimpse of what the report has to offer, structured around three strategic elements:
|Targets: The report recommends specific agrifood system targets aligned with the Climate Strategy, focusing on adaptation, mitigation, and finance. These targets aim to improve the climate resilience of millions of people reliant on agriculture, reduce emissions, and mobilize substantial finance for climate change adaptation and mitigation.|
|USAID Operational Changes: To effectively operationalize the Climate Strategy within USAID's agricultural and food security portfolio, the report presents five organizationally tailored recommendations. These changes will better position USAID to achieve Climate Strategy objectives. They include setting, measuring, and reporting on climate targets; integrating climate objectives into the program cycle; building climate expertise; increasing climate investment; and funding climate research.|
High-Potential Leverage Points: The report identifies high-potential leverage points within agrifood systems to drive transformative shifts toward net-zero emissions and climate-resilient pathways while achieving food security goals:
BIFAD looks forward to the practical implementation of these recommendations for a climate-resilient future in agrifood systems.