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Increasing the Ambition of Climate Change Mitigation in Agriculture whilst Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Food Policy Aims

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Higher-impact action is needed to reduce emissions and achieve the 2°C goal of the Paris Agreement. The agricultural sector in particular needs to take action as it currently contributes a significant component of global emissions . Further, agricultural emissions are continuing to rise, while those from ...

Higher-impact action is needed to reduce emissions and achieve the 2°C goal of the Paris Agreement. The agricultural sector in particular needs to take action as it currently contributes a significant component of global emissions . Further, agricultural emissions are continuing to rise, while those from other sectors are likely to approach carbon neutrality. The agricultural sector is also under further pressure to develop sustainable food systems to feed the increasing population. Many policy makers at global and national levels are ready to act, but require scientific evidence of the options available, the technical requirements, the social and economic implications, and their contribution to sustainable food systems, adaptation and mitigation. This special collection will focus on assessing the evidence for high-impact climate change mitigation interventions in agriculture, especially in light of multiple food production and consumption goals and sustainable development goals (SDGs). Together the collection of articles aims to collate scientific evidence needed for implementation of these options and their contribution to multiple policy objectives.

High impact options for mitigation include those actions: (1) contributing a large proportion of emissions (livestock) or having high sequestration potential (soil organic carbon, agroforestry), (2) occurring in high emitting countries, (3) having a high potential for scaling up, (4) providing multiple co-benefits, and (5) corresponding to breakthrough technologies such as low emission cattle or rice varieties and meat alternatives. Global and national level analyses are especially encouraged.

The aim of this Research Topic collection is to gather contributions from scientists from diverse disciplines to address the potential of greenhouse gas mitigation in agriculture from a variety of analytical perspectives and scales in ways that are policy-relevant. Thus, we focus on research results that have the potential to be agreed upon on the international agenda and have the potential in achieving large-scale impacts. Critical perspectives on the limits to wide-scale impact are also welcome. Articles can be original research, techniques, reviews, and synthesis or opinion papers. Suggested topics are:

Mitigation Potentials
• Technical and economic mitigation potential of high-impact climate change measures and policies at global and national scales
• State of knowledge about emerging high-impact technical options and policies
• Monitoring, measurement and verification of mitigation

Multiple benefits and impacts across mitigation, adaptation and development goals
• Mitigation options contribution to the SDGs
• Integrated approaches to mitigation and adaptation and their multiple benefits
• Mitigation potential and strengths and weaknesses of bio-economy and circular economy approaches
• Assessment of mitigation policies’ social impacts
• Quantification of leakage effects of mitigation measures and policies and global implications

Implementation science
• Implementation and adoption of high-impact measures- analysis of challenges and barriers
• Economic analysis of GHG emission mitigation measures and policies
• Options and challenges for supply chains and trade
• Evaluation of national climate protection plans and future pathways and transferability between countries


The call for papers will draw on contributions to the 2018 Berlin International Conference on Agricultural GHG Emissions and Food Security: Connecting Research to Policy and Practice and be circulated as well to prospective participants in the 2019 Bali Climate Smart Agriculture Science Conference.


Keywords: Climate-smart food systems, Agricultural emissions, Policy makers, Global emissions, Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, Climate, Climate change mitigation, Food policy, Food production, Implementation science, Mitigation, 2018 Berlin International Conference, 2019 Bali Climate Smart Agriculture Science Conference


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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