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Just published: Action guides on issues related to UNCCD agenda

The goal of the UN Food Systems Summit Action Track 3 is to boost nature-positive food production at the scale needed to meet the fundamental human right to healthy and nutritious food, while at the same time restoring balance with nature. Together with farmers, pastoralists, fisherfolk, indigenous peoples, local communities, policymakers, scientists, extension agents and the private sector, Action Track 3 will co-design game-changing solutions and collective actions that simultaneously work for nature, people, and the climate.

UNCCD Action Guides series introduces agroecological approaches and regenerative practices that make food production systems more sustainable and resilient. The strategies and actions presented in these Action Guides are evidence-based, proven to be effective, and can be adapted to diverse settings.

Each Action Guide focuses on key elements that influence the social, economic, and environmental dimensions of food production: soil, gender, tenure, youth, drought and water scarcity, livestock and pastoralism, among others. Collectively, the series offers a systems perspective to guide regenerative actions for both small and large producers to promote nature-positive transformation.

Boosting Nature-Positive Food Production. A pathway for safeguarding human and planetary health. UNCCD Action Guide No.1

The way we use land and water resources to grow, harvest, and process food (collectively referred to as food production) is currently not sustainable and often harmful to human and planetary health. To feed the global population of 9.7 billion projected by 2050 and safeguard nature’s legacy for future generations, a rapid and systemic transition to nature-positive food production is essential. By protecting, managing, and restoring the key components and functions of nature, we can produce healthy and nutritious food in ways that benefit people and contribute to climate stability, without compromising livelihoods and economic security.

Restoring Soil Health For Nature-Positive Food Production. A pathway for safeguarding human and planetary health. UNCCD Action Guide No.2

Soil is often seen as little more than the shallow layer of dirt on the Earth’s surface. Its role in providing almost all our food calories, regulating water supplies, supporting biodiversity, and helping stabilize the global climate is widely overlooked and frequently undervalued. The current methods used to produce crops and livestock have contributed to a worldwide decline in soil health. However, agroecological approaches and regenerative practices recognize that healthy soils are the foundation of human development. Adopting a sustainable soil management approach will restore soil health and functions and help reduce the negative environmental footprint of current food production systems, while simultaneously improving livelihoods, delivering ecosystem services, and boosting food security.

Managing Drought and Water Scarcity for Nature-Positive Food Production. A pathway for safeguarding human and planetary health. UNCCD Action Guide No.3

More than a third of the world’s population live in water scarce regions. Rising global temperatures and greater rainfall variability are accelerating the frequency and intensity of drought and expanding the extent of area experiencing water scarcity. While agriculture is currently the largest user of freshwater globally, it also offers considerable opportunities to improve water use efficiencies, availability, and quality where it is needed most. Nature-positive food production practices can help protect, manage, and restore freshwater resources, offering a pathway to safeguard and sustainably use this precious resource to mitigate the impacts of drought and water scarcity

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