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Boosting synergies and managing trade-offs in food systems

Wei Zhang
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CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems
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Our climate, biodiversity and food systems are inextricably linked. Food systems cause huge biodiversity losses, account for about one-third of greenhouse gas emissions, and leave 2 billion people with unhealthy diets, even as 40% of all food produced goes uneaten. The ways we feed ourselves – through just a few crops and animals – are unsustainable for people and planet.

How can we actively strengthen synergies and better manage trade-offs between social, economic and environmental outcomes of food and agricultural systems?

This webinar will present and discuss insights, tools and forward-looking actions from the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE), with case studies and lessons learned from Africa, Asia and Latin America.

The webinar will focus on the following:

  • What are the leverage points for strengthening synergies between biodiversity, climate and food systems agendas, at local and global scale?
  • How can we better anticipate, assess and manage synergies and trade-offs between social and environmental outcomes of our food and agricultural systems?
  • What are short- and longer-term actions that can be taken at local and global scale to help boost synergies and manage trade-offs in food and agricultural systems?
  • What capacity is needed for this?



Photo credits: Hung Nguyen/ILRI

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Climate / Weather / Environment
Nutrition / Food Systems

Wei Zhang

Wei Zhang is a senior research fellow in the Environment and Production Technology Division (EPTD), and leads the research program on ecosystem services under the Natural Resource Management (NRM) theme. Wei conducts policy-relevant research on the intersection between agriculture, development, and nature. Her primary research interests include valuing and modeling ecosystem services in relation to land cover/use and management practices, the economics, decision-making, and behavior of individuals and communities regarding landscape-based ecosystem services (e.g., natural pest regulation), common pool resources (CPRs), and nature-based solutions to sustainable intensification, with gender and climate change as cross-cutting issues.

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