Growing Food in a Climate-Impacted World | Climate Week Skip to main content
Main program

Growing Food in a Climate-Impacted World

Event by: Environmental Defense Fund
7 hours

10:00 AM - 05:00 PM EDT
EDF Offices; 17th Floor

United States

Growing food in a climate-impacted world

To stabilize the climate and ensure a safe, vibrant future for us all, the world must rapidly cut climate pollution, draw down past carbon dioxide emissions and build resilience to the climate impacts that are already here. We can't achieve these goals without the food and agriculture sector. 

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) will host a multi-part event with scientists, policymakers and agricultural practitioners discussing: 1) Why food and agriculture must be part of climate solutions, 2) The most powerful near-term opportunities for addressing climate change, 3) How to deploy agricultural climate solutions in equitable, culturally and regionally appropriate ways, and more. 

Participants will leave with a clear roadmap for how to grow food and support farmers in a climate-impacted world. In-person attendance in New York City is limited, but the virtual stream is open to all. 

Sessions include: 

8:15 – 9:45 AM | Policy and Innovation Workshop for Enteric Solutions [INVITE-ONLY EVENT]

Background: EDF is hosting an interactive workshop with climate venture capital firms and philanthropies to identify policy barriers to bringing more enteric methane solutions to the market. The event is by invitation only and will be held at the EDF office from 8:15 - 9:45 AM on September 21, 2022. 

9-10 AM | Fireside chat: Dairy for nutrition and livelihoods, a perspective from India [VIRTUAL]

Background: The National Dairy Development Board of India is the leading organization supporting India’s diverse and robust dairy sector. Building on a legacy of innovation, NDDB continually seeks ways to further advance the dairy sector’s contribution to better nutrition for all of India, while also enhancing farmer and rural livelihoods and long-term sector durability. Join EDF for a conversation with NDDB Chairman Meenesh Shah about the various programs and projects underway at NDDB and the future of the dairy sector in India.

10:00 – 11:15 AM | EDF & World Wildlife Fund (WWF) | Exponential Action: Scaling National Level Ambition on Food Systems

  REGISTER HERE: Separate registration through WWF 

Background: Exponential action is needed throughout the global food system to meet climate, biodiversity, and health objectives. There is substantial evidence at the global scale of the need for such food system transformations but much less attention has been paid to how transformations towards more healthy and sustainable food systems might play out at the national level. Global targets and goals are necessary to provide a roadmap for change and draw attention to the urgent need for food system transformation but implementation of these targets and goals must take place at the national level. More importantly, global-level analyses can mask important differences between national level food systems and the challenges and opportunities for transformation in each country. This event will highlight why there is an urgent need for exponential action on food systems at the national level and how the level of ambition can be raised to achieve climate goals in the timeframe outlined in the newly released Exponential Roadmap report. 

  • Format: Hybrid. Panel discussion and dialogue with the audience.  

  • Moderator: Jennifer Chow, Senior Director, Climate-Resilient Food System, EDF 

  • Speakers:  

  • Joao Campari, Food Practice Leader, WWF 

  • Amanda Leland, Executive Director, EDF 

  • Brent Loken, Global Food Lead Scientist, WWF 

  • Stefanos Fotious, Director, UN Food Systems Coordination Hub & Office of SDGs, FAO 

12:00 - 1:30 PM | How U.S. agriculture and forestry can affordably reduce over half a billion metric tons of climate pollution per year


Background: The United States has committed to cut its climate pollution in half by 2030. Doing so will require net greenhouse gas reductions from cropland, livestock and forestry systems, but details about how to achieve this have been unclear — until now. During the session, EDF will present the first set of science-based emissions reductions targets for the U.S. agriculture and forestry sectors by 2030. Building on previous analyses and published studies, we will lay out a path to meet these targets as quickly and cost effectively as possible during this defining decade for stabilizing the climate. Then, panelists will share how their organizations are supporting farmers and family forest owners in implementing climate mitigation practices and discuss what it will take to reach the 2030 targets. 

  • Introduction: Britt Groosman, Vice President of Climate-Smart Agriculture, EDF

  • Keynote Address: William Hohenstein, Director, Office of Energy and Policy, USDA

  • Moderator: Amy Hughes, Senior Manager Climate-Smart Agriculture, EDF 

  • Panel: 

  • Melissa Ho, Senior Vice President Freshwater & Food, WWF-US 

  • Rita Hite, CEO & President, American Forest Foundation 

  • Freddie Davis, Director of Rural Training & Research Center, Federation of Southern Cooperatives 

  • Craig Hanson, Managing Director for Programs, WRI
  • Steele Lorenz, Head of Sustainable Business, Farmers Business Network 

  • Kirsten Jaglo, Expert Consultant, Climate Change & Sustainability, ICF 

2:00-3:00 PM | Why livestock productivity is key to boosting livelihoods while solving for agricultural methane


Background: Globally, more than one billion people derive some portion of their livelihood from raising livestock. Billions more depend on meat and dairy as a source of nutrition. Climate change threatens food security and smallholder livelihoods by making livestock production less efficient. At the same time, livestock production is the largest source of agricultural methane emissions globally. Fortunately, we don’t need to choose between supporting smallholder farmers and slowing climate change. Climate-smart livestock systems can make cattle and farms more resilient to climate impacts, while also reducing the climate impacts of animal agriculture. Join a panel of experts to discuss the vital need for more productive livestock systems — from both a socio-economic and climate perspective — as well as how to overcome key barriers to implementing regionally appropriate, climate-smart solutions. 

3:30 – 5:00 PM — How to increase food security and adaptation on a climate-stressed planet 


Background: Climate change is already affecting crop yields and overall farming and fishing productivity. In this session, global experts working at the intersection of agriculture, fisheries, climate change and food security will discuss what these changes mean for producer livelihoods, food supplies and food security.  While the challenges are steep, solutions exist. Drawing upon their experiences in research and global development, as well as their lived experiences, the panelists will explore how climate-resilient agriculture and fisheries can help to scale up adaptation, especially for vulnerable people in developing countries. With enough political will, we can make food systems more resilient to climate shocks, while creating economic opportunity for smallholder producers and rural communities. 

  • Keynote speaker: Dr. Cary Fowler, US Special Envoy for Global Food Security, US Department of State 

  • Moderator: Angela Churie Kallhaug, Executive Vice President for Impact, EDF 

  • Panelists:  

  • Jose Luis Chicoma, Former Minister of Production of Peru

  • Jim Leape, William and Eva Price Senior Fellow, the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment & Co-Director, Center for Ocean Solutions 

  • Zitouni Ould-Dada, Deputy Director, Climate and Environment Division, FAO 

  • James Gerber, Principal Research Scientist, Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota 

  • Rahel Deribe Bekele, Research Scientist, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University 

  • Ariel Ortiz-Bobea, Associate Professor of Applied Economics and Policy, Cornell University