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Global Landscapes Forum Launches 2020 Theme: Food And Livelihoods

As climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic pull familiar certainties out from under our feet, the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) calls on policymakers, activists, farmers, chefs, youth, corporations – and the rest of us – to plan for a better future for food systems and those whose livelihoods depend on them.

Today16 April, the GLF launched its 2020 theme: Food and Livelihoods

GLF is bringing that theme to life through an exciting lineup of free, open-access digital events with leading experts and thinkers, including:

Food production and agricultural systems are one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions, a major driver of deforestation and the greatest threat to biodiversity. It’s time to transform this problem into an opportunity, and learn together how to feed the world without eating the planet.

Be part of the solution – from wherever you are – by joining in one or more of GLF’s 2020 Food and Livelihoods digital events.

Check back for new additions to the theme here.

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Did you know:


  • Today, more than two billion hectares of previously productive land is degraded
  • Over 70 per cent of natural ecosystems have been transformed. By 2050, this could hit 90 per cent
  • By 2030, food production will require an additional 300 million hectares of land
  • By 2030, the fashion industry is predicted to use 35 per cent more land – over 115 million hectares, equivalent to the size of Colombia

Food, feed, fibre is also contributing to climate change, with around a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions coming from agriculture, forestry and other land use. Clothing and footwear production causes 8 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, a figure predicted to rise almost 50 per cent by 2030.