May 24, 2021

USDA Launches Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate

USDA Launches Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate

The United States and the United Arab Emirates announced plans to launch the Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM for Climate). The plan is endorsed by the United Kingdom’s COP 26 Presidency and supported by Australia, Brazil, Denmark, Israel, Singapore, and Uruguay. The goal of AIM for Climate is to increase and accelerate global innovation research and development (R&D) on agriculture and food systems in support of climate action. AIM for Climate will be advanced at the UN Food Systems Summit in September 2021 and launched at COP26 in November 2021.

“The United States is proud to be pioneering the Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate initiative along with the United Arab Emirates and several other supportive partners. I was impressed by the ingenuity being applied to food and climate challenges during my recent trip to the UAE and know that we all stand to benefit by sharing best practices and raising innovation ambition when it comes to climate-smart agriculture. AIM for Climate can serve as a unique platform for cooperation among many countries on these shared challenges,” said U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry.

By COP26, AIM for Climate will:

  • Demonstrate collective commitment to investment in agricultural innovation and R&D for climate-smart food systems by its participants over the next five years.
  • Outline a framework to discuss and promote priorities across international and national levels of innovation, to amplify participants’ investments.
  • Identify chief scientists as key focal points for international cooperation on climate-related agricultural R&D, drawing on their unique insights and equities across governmental bodies.

AIM for Climate will focus on, and promote coordination between, three main investment channels:

  • Scientific breakthroughs via basic agricultural research through national-level government agricultural R&D and academic research institutions.
  • Public and private applied innovation and R&D for development through support to international research centers, institutions, and laboratory networks.
  • Development and deployment of practical, actionable research and information to producers and other market participants, utilizing national agricultural research extension systems.

The innovation and R&D areas targeted through AIM for Climate will include sustainable productivity improvements, land, water, carbon, and other input use efficiency, resilient crop, and livestock production, enhanced digital tools, and inclusive, equitable and sustainable food systems.

“I am pleased to see the United States co-leading the creation of the Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate initiative. The goal of the initiative is important, to accelerate global agricultural innovation through increased research and development, as it highlights agriculture, science-based solutions to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Together we can address our shared climate challenges and the U.S. Department of Agriculture looks forward to working with others to advance the AIM for Climate initiative,” said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.