Searching for solutions at the intersection of world hunger and the climate crisis

Posted by Jaime C. Adams, Senior Advisor for International Affairs, Office of the Chief Scientist for Research and Science

January 18, 2022

Nearly one billion people suffer from hunger, and even more are food insecure. Farmers and ranchers around the world must adapt to changing climatic conditions to continue to produce enough food to feed the growing world population, support their own livelihoods and their communities.

How do we solve these challenges? The solutions lie in climate-smart agricultural innovation, which promises to create a wave of solutions that will increase agricultural productivity, improve livelihoods, conserve nature and biodiversity, build resilience to climate change, reduce emissions greenhouse gases and sequester carbon.

The United States and the United Arab Emirates spear the Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM for Climate) on November 2, 2021. AIM for Climate seeks to address climate change and global hunger through increased public and private sector investment in agricultural innovation. climate-smart food and agricultural systems that will lead to faster and more transformative climate action. AIM for Climate’s government partners provide the essential foundation, through public investments in climate-smart agriculture and food systems innovation. Non-governmental partners build on this foundation with “innovation sprints” – investments in specific, impactful, accelerated efforts – or by providing critical knowledge to identify gaps, challenges and opportunities for investment.

At its launch, AIM for Climate announced an increased initial investment of $4 billion in climate-smart agriculture and food systems innovation mobilized by its partners, but this alone is not enough. We depend on farmers and ranchers for the food we eat and every day their work gets harder, more innovation is essential to create future solutions. The USDA is proud to be part of this effort, and USDA employees are working hard to find solutions. Together we can and must do more. We encourage everyone to join us on this journey. To learn more, visit

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