Australia has endorsed the Glasgow Breakthrough Agenda on Agriculture (GBAA) at COP27.
The goal of the GBAA is to make ‘climate-resilient, sustainable agriculture the most attractive and widely adopted option by farmers everywhere by 2030’. It aims to accelerate clean technology transitions through strengthened international collaboration, co-operation and co-ordination.
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Murray Watt, said the global trade of food and fibre was increasingly being shaped by sustainable production standards.
‘We will use our alliance with the GBAA to showcase Australia’s investments and experiences to ensure the government’s ambition catches up to industry.
‘This will include the Australian Government’s support for our neighbours in the Indo-Pacific Region, where support for smallholding producers is so important for food security and livelihoods’, Minister Watt said.
Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Chris Bowen, said the Australian Government now has legislated targets to reach net zero emissions by 2050, and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 43% below 2005 levels by 2030.
‘Our farmers are on the front line of climate change,’ Minister Bowen said.
‘It comes off the back of our recent announcement to sign up to the Global Methane Pledge, a worldwide pledge to reduce methane emissions by 30% before 2030.’