Why we need to team up to decarbonise agriculture and how Agoro Carbon Alliance is making it happen.
Food production faces major challenges as the demand for productivity increases. The food industry must feed up to 11 billion people by 2100 and reduce malnutrition of, currently, 800 million people, all while agricultural land shrinks and faces climatic disruption. It's not just about temperature. Climate change intensifies water cycles (more floods and droughts), raises sea levels, linked to soil erosion and loss of biodiversity, disrupts ocean ecosystems and marine life. All of this affects food production.
In addition, the food value chain is also under pressure from investors and customers who are demanding a transparent value chain and ethical practices. These include increasing demand for ESG reporting, product labeling, and carbon-neutral products.
Land-use sectors are responsible for up to 23% of annual global GHG emissions, with agriculture specifically responsible for 10-12%.
But it’s not all bad news: agriculture doesn’t have to be a problem. In fact, it’s a crucial part of the solution – by decarbonising farming, we can transform it into an essential tool for mitigating the effects of climate change and enriching farmers’ livelihoods, all at the same time.
Transforming agriculture from the ground up
Thanks to regenerative farming practices, such as crop rotation and less or no tilling, we can not only reduce the quantities of emissions produced by agriculture but also sequester carbon back into the soil. There are solutions out there that can contribute to decarbonising agriculture and the food system, and they’re getting better all the time.
As the saying goes, every little helps – but even so, no single farmer, company, or country can fix the problem alone. For maximum impact, we need true collaboration on a global scale. That means all farms, all businesses, and all nations; each playing their part and all working together to create real change.
And change needs to start at the roots. For farming, the goal is to engage and support growers and producers to adopt sustainable practices – not forgetting, of course, that there’s no such thing as a “one size fits all” solution. With so many variables in farming, from the region and climate to the crops and resources, there’s a wide range of needs to be met. Luckily, no one has to tackle the sustainability transition alone.
Climate-smart farming with Agoro Carbon
At Agoro Carbon Alliance, we’re committed to driving global efforts to decarbonise farming – and for us, this begins with farmers themselves.
Backed by renowned global agriculture leader Yara, Agoro Carbon helps farmers earn extra income while contributing to positive climate action. How do we do this? With our high-tech carbon cropping model. We work side-by-side with farmers to guide them as they implement carbon cropping practices that result in certified climate-smart crops and high-quality carbon credits – credits that are in demand from businesses all around the world. Naturally, our approach not only optimises crop yields and maximises their value for farmers, but also cuts the impact of agriculture on the environment. It’s a win for people and for the planet.
We’re already hard at work in North America, South America, Europe, and now Asia – we recently launched Agoro Carbon’s activities in India, where more than half of the country’s 1.4 billion people depend on farming for their livelihoods. Changing the face of agriculture at such a vast scale is an ambitious undertaking, but we are determined to see it through. After all, the greater the challenge, the bigger the impact.
No time to waste; no one left behind
The science shows that the only way to avoid causing calamitous damage to our planet is to cut GHG emissions and limit the rise in global temperatures to 1.5°C. Like all industries, agriculture needs to take action – urgently, and meaningfully. At Agoro Carbon, we’re building our network to enable farmers and others in the food system to move fast and together toward sustainable agricultural practices.
We need to act as if the world depends on it. Because it does.