In this post we profile an interesting OXFAM paper which illuminates the important concept of Food First approaches. We consider Food First considerations are deeply relevant when evaluating Forest First approaches within climate change goals. In our field models we work to balance these important aspects through the development of Food Forests.
“Carbon emissions need to be reduced now, and land-based climate solutions must centre ‘food-first’ approaches that help achieve both zero emissions and zero hunger. Many governments and companies are adopting net zero climate targets. These targets risk being reliant on using vast swathes of land in low-income countries to capture carbon emissions, allowing the biggest emitters to avoid making significant cuts in their own emissions.”