Transforming Agricultural Innovation Systems by 2030: The Agriculture Breakthrough

Thursday 2 June
17:45-19:00 CEST
Stockholmsmässan, Room 1

Organizers: UK Foreign Commonwealth Development Office, the CGIAR

About: Fitting with the action-oriented agenda of the conference (linking to the United Nations ‘Decade of Action’), this side event will update on the advancement of the Agriculture Breakthrough which was announced at World Leaders Summit at COP26 as a key mechanism to accelerate the innovation and deployment of technologies in agriculture. The event will highlight the Breakthrough target to 2030 to make climate resilient, sustainable agriculture the most attractive and widely adopted option for farmers everywhere by 2030, and spotlight underpinning initiatives that would deliver measurable results towards this target.

The side-event will bring together action-oriented stakeholders that focus on transforming agricultural innovation for people, nature and climate and outline challenges and opportunities to accelerate action.

Moderator(s): Ana Maria Loboguerrero (Accelerating Impacts of CGIAR Climate Research for Africa)


  • Rt Hon Lord Goldsmith (UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
  • Ban Ki-Moon (Ban Ki-Moon Centre for Global Citizens), video message
  • Rachel Lambert (UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
  • Joao Campari (WWF International)
  • Joanna Purcell (World Food Program)

Contact person: Leanne Zeppenfeldt (

Event outcomes (Key transformative actions):

  • Countries must step up with nationally driven actions to address the Breakthrough Goal, ensuring a rapid transition to nature positive, net zero food systems.  This will require actions on both ensuring sustainable agriculture production as well as demand side measures.
  • All countries signed up to the Breakthrough Agenda to endorse the Agriculture Breakthrough Goal in advance of the launch of the State of the Sectoral Transition Report and its presentation in Sharm El Sheikh. UK to partner with Egypt to encourage country endorsements.
  • Investors to target new agriculture and food solutions that deliver for people and nature; industry need to transform business models to deliver clean technology; research institutions need to collaborate to advance the science recognizing the importance of focusing on scaling mechanisms such as the Accelerating Impacts of CGIAR Climate Research for Africa (AICCRA) project is doing; governments must enact legislation to deliver sustainable climate resilient food systems and collaborate effectively globally and locally; and national and international research funding bodies to prioritize funding research that provides end-to-end solutions that support meeting the SDGs related to food


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