Program to Address Forest-risk Commodities and Alter Global Food Chains will be Launched at COP26

On the sidelines of the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow, the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF), and several other partners launched a program aimed at reshaping the world’s food systems through improved land use and the restoration of degraded landscapes to help mitigate climate change.   

The Food Systems, Land Use and Restoration (FOLUR)Impact Program, led by the World Bank and backed by USD 345 million in funding from the Global Environment Facility, will leverage USD 2.7 billion in co-financing commitments over seven years to strengthen agricultural systems and policies. 

 The initiative proposes a holistic strategy to reduce the negative effects of food production by combining the power of governments and the private sector to incorporate global environmental commitments into agricultural systems. 

Its portfolio includes 27 country-level projects that help rehabilitate degraded landscapes and target eight commodity supply chains: beef, cocoa, maize, coffee, palm oil, rice, soy, and wheat.  

Agriculture, forestry, and land-use change are responsible for over a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions, and they rely on supply chains that harm the climate, plant and animal life, and people’s livelihoods and well-being. Agriculture alone uses more area than any other industry and consumes 70% of all water. 

The FOLUR Impact Program will provide a global platform to people on the frontlines of the climate crisis, as well as support governments and institutions working to reverse it, in order to scale these landscape-level methods. Through knowledge products, communications, and collaborations with commodities platforms, it will coordinate learning across projects and share insights with a global audience. 

The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF), the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Good Growth Partnership, and the Food and Land Use Coalition are all important partners (FOLU).