Recipes for Change: At UN summit, IFAD launches campaign on food and climate change

LIMA, 8 December 2014 – Nothing unites us more than our universal need for food. But how much do we really understand about the impact of climate change on food crops and traditional recipes, particularly in developing countries?

Today in Lima, IFAD is launching a campaign, Recipes for Change, to raise awareness about that impact and how small-scale farmers can adapt to it.

 

The campaign launch comes at the start of the second week of the 20th Conference of Parties – also known as COP20 – to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The international climate conference continues through 12 December in Lima. Endangered ingredients Against the backdrop of COP20, a series of Recipes for Change online videos will share everyday recipes from rural communities in developing countries, using local ingredients that are endangered by climate change. In the videos, the recipes are prepared in the homes of rural families themselves. To kick off the campaign, IFAD is releasing the first three Recipes for Change video episodes, from Bolivia, Rwanda and Viet Nam. Each episode features a well-known chef who travels to prepare the traditional dishes with the help of smallholder farmers. Along the way, each chef discovers how key ingredients are affected by climate change. The recipes are downloadable in English, French and Spanish for viewers to try out at home. Join the online community Please join the Recipes for Change community and spread the word about this campaign through your own social media networks. As a member of the online community, you will receive regular updates on the latest recipes featured in the campaign and on related climate-change and food-security issues. You will also have add your voice to efforts aimed at raising the profile of smallholder farmers in developing countries at the UN climate negotiations. Recipes for Change highlights the fact that around 500 million smallholder farms are responsible for four-fifths of food supplies in developing countries. These farms are often located on marginal lands where the impacts of climate change are strongly felt, reducing crop yields and incomes. Part of the solution That‘s why smallholders must be part of any solution to the climate crisis. In particular, they require financial, technical and policy support to adapt to climate change. Through its Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme, IFAD works with farmers to help them better cope with changing conditions and increase food security and incomes, while protecting the sensitive natural-resource base and reducing poverty. It can be difficult to convey just how important smallholders are in terms of climate-change adaptation and global food security. Recipes for Change is an effort to do just that. IFAD invites you to join the conversation at www.ifad.org/recipesforchange and on Twitter at #recipesforchange.