Global leaders unite at the UAE Pavilion at COP28 to discuss powerful partnerships for sustainable food systems

Michael Kremer, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) affiliate and 2019 Nobel laureate in economics and George Richards, director of Community Jameel participated in an AIM for Climate panel on food systems innovations during a three-part panel event focused on the COP28 food and agriculture agenda at the UAE Pavillion. Michael spoke about AIM for Climate's Agriculture innovation mechanism for scale (AIM4sCale)'s role in innovating food systems. George thanked the United Arab Emirates for supporting the Jameel Observatory-CREWSnet, an early warning system network for climate-resilient food security.


The UAE Pavilion at COP28 hosted a thought-provoking convening on“Recognizing the Power of Partnership Platforms to Deliver COP28’s Food Systems and Agriculture Agenda” with HE Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment and Commissioner-General of the UAE Pavilions at COP28, Bill Gates and several global leaders and notable stakeholders.The three-part lightning panel session emphasized the significance of strategic collaborations, aligning with the implementation of the Emirates Declaration on Sustainable Agriculture, Resilient Food Systems and Climate Action, as well as the broader COP28 Food Systems and Agriculture Agenda.

Moderated by Kristofer Hamel, Head of the COP28 Food Systems Team, the dialogue showcased three pivotal partnership platforms of Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), AIM for Climate and Food Systems Technical Cooperation Collaborative, with each playing a crucial role in advancing the sustainable goals of COP28.

Further to the launch of the world's largest publicly-funded agricultural research network’s new Investment Case campaign, the panel discussion reinforced the need for innovative investments to meet climate challenges, including supporting a farmer-centered, climate-focused research agenda; and leveraging innovation with pre-2030 Global Stocktake initiatives.