India signs COP26 action agenda on Sustainable Agriculture

The Sustainable Agriculture Policy Action Agenda was among the highlight action pledges to be decided by the participating countries at COP26 in Glasgow

November 8, 2021

India is one of the 27 countries to sign this action agenda

The countries set out new commitments to change their agricultural policies to become more sustainable

Sustainable usage of land and restoration of nature will play a key part in limiting global warming - Alok Sharma, President, COP26

World Bank committed to spend $25 billion in climate finance annually till 2025 through its Climate Action Plan

India and 26 other countries signed the Sustainable Agriculture Policy Action Agenda for the Transition to Sustainable Agriculture and Global Action Agenda for Innovation in Agriculture at the end of the first week of the COP26 organized by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The countries laid down new commitments to change their agricultural policies to become more sustainable, ensure there is less pollution, invest in the science required for sustainable agriculture, and protect food supplies against climate change.

Alok Sharma, the President of COP26, stated that sustainable usage of land and restoration of nature will play a key part in limiting global warming and maintaining the goal of 1.5-degrees Celsius. The commitments made by the 27 member nations are essential to meet the Paris Agreement goals and address the climate change and loss of biodiversity crises.

Earlier in the week, the World Bank made a commitment to spend $25 billion in climate finance annually till 2025 through its Climate Action Plan, which will include a focus on agriculture and food systems. In addition, almost 100 high-profile companies from various sectors committed to becoming ‘Nature Positive’, with responsibilities that include supermarkets pledging to reduce their environmental impact and guaranteeing their materials’ traceability.

Apart from India, Australia, Uganda, Madagascar, Tanzania, Vietnam, Nigeria, Lesotho, Laos, Indonesia, Guinea, Ghana, Germany, Philippines, Ethiopia, UK, Colombia, Costa Rica, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Spain, Switzerland, and the UAE also signed the Sustainable Agriculture action agenda.