Off-grid and decentralized energy solutions and efficient water practices in the agri-food chain are crucial to build resilience to the unavoidable impacts of climate change and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

This was the key conclusion of an expert meeting on the issue at the June UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn.

The various stages of the global agri-food chain – from the production phase through to food distribution, processing, and cooking -are still largely dependent upon depleting and expensive fossil fuels for energy production, which generate 22% of annual global greenhouse gas emissions.

Experts at the UN meeting in Bonn examined the interlinkages between water security, energy security and food security when addressing matters related to the increasing demand for food from a growing global population, which in addition to climate change, is placing significant pressure on agricultural production and natural resources.

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