A Kenyan woman eats a meal

UNEA-6: What's cooking? Developing solutions to transform the current food system

Event Summary

Globally, food systems are responsible for about 30 per cent of current human-induced greenhouse gas emissions driving climate change while the animal products accounts for a total of 14.5 – 20 per cent of global emissions. These are an important source of nutrition, but their production has been associated with public health risks such as zoonotic diseases and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) as well as animal welfare concerns. A recently published UNEP report titled “What’s cooking? An Assessment of the potential impacts of selected novel alternatives to conventional animal products” explores solutions to these problems. This UNEA-6 side event will discuss some of the issues highlighted in the report and bring together experts and policymakers in a dialogue focused on: 

  • The impacts of unsustainable livestock production and its contribution to the triple planetary crises. 
  • Solutions to tackle environmental impacts of food systems, specifically animal agriculture. 
  • The role of policy-making and multilateral cooperation in the production sector. 
  • Sector investments that promote alternatives to ASF to trigger the necessary changes in food systems. 
  • Success stories from Member States and Stakeholders.  

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ILRI Representation

Emily Ouma

Emily Ouma

Senior Scientist, Agricultural Economist