The Emirates Diplomatic Academy has released an EDA Insight titled Synergies between Global Food Security and Climate Goals: Recommendations for Gulf Countries’ Foreign Trade, Investments and Aid, authored by Dr Mari Luomi. This policy brief suggests measures that GCC countries could adopt in their foreign policies, drawing from international best practices and knowledge on the interlinkages between food security and climate change.
Agricultural production and climate change are interlinked in important ways, as are the related policy goals of food security, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the adverse impacts of climate change. At the international level, two global frameworks guide related development efforts: the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change. It is crucial that the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, which largely rely on food produced in other countries, understand the relationships between the global development goals related to food security and climate change, and mainstream this knowledge into their foreign policy.
This EDA Insight first explores the dynamics of the main food- and climate change-related global policy goals, including related synergies and trade-offs. It then presents a selection of international best practices in three areas of foreign affairs – trade, investments and aid – that relate to achieving food security and climate action goals simultaneously. The brief ends with suggestions on measures that GCC countries could adopt in their foreign policies, drawing from these best practices and knowledge on the interlinkages between food security and climate change.
Please note that EDA’s research outputs do not necessarily represent the views of the UAE government but seek to address issues that foreign-policy experts and practitioners both in the UAE and worldwide will find informative and relevant.