In the year 2050, we need to provide food security to ten billion people worldwide. Simultaneously, our current agricultural production system is exceeding its limits. The result? Negative impacts to the environment and disrupted essential ecosystem services. Declining crop yields due to climate change, soil degradation and the loss of biodiversity are making farming, and farmer livelihoods, increasingly vulnerable.
Enhancing the resilience of farms is pivotal for their economic viability and ensuring food security. It is also essential for the restoration of our environment and ecosystems, offering a solution to mitigate the effects of climate change. Achieving this requires a systemic transition, across the entire food value chain.
Regenerative agriculture presents a possible promising path forward. It provides significant opportunities to address climate health, while benefiting farmers, their livelihoods and economic development. As an example, regenerative agriculture helps to mitigate climate change and restore biodiversity and water quality. This approach includes practices such as cover crops, no-till farming and implementing polycultures. Regenerative agriculture can also stimulate economic development and the agricultural production value chain in areas such as processing and distribution.