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In November 2021, the 26th UN Climate COP in Glasgow will face the monumental task of bridging the gap between countries’ current climate commitments and the significant transformation needed to tackle the climate emergency. With food systems currently accounting for 1/3 of total greenhouse gas emissions, the road joining Glasgow to Paris and the important goal of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees must go through the farm gate and involve both farmers and their local communities for a just transition. While cities and farmers around the world lead the way with integrated food strategies to drive food system sustainability, neither they nor food systems sustainability are part of the negotiations at COP26.
Recognising that global change is enacted locally, the Glasgow Process aims to address this gap by bringing together cities, farmers and other local actors to amplify their voices at COP. This interactive workshop builds on the Glasgow Food and Climate Declaration, which brings together local governments of all sizes in a unified call to put food and farming at the heart of the global response to the climate emergency. It explores the methodology of the Fork to Farm dialogues, which aim to build understanding, trust and relationships between cities, local communities and farmers that can drive the food systems transformation we need.