Cop26's importance for a sustainable future

Today, 12 from November, is the last day of the 261st United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP26), that happens from the day 31 October in Glasgow, in Scotland. Representatives of 193 countries participate in the Conference, to think about strategies that can curb the effects of climate change, with a view to building savings greener e resilient, that can ensure a sustainable futureI to our planet.

A COP26 makes us think even more about how we're using the natural resources available. At each meeting of global leaders and activists on Environment, the question seems to be the same: how and when we will stop exploiting these increasingly limited resources and start enjoying them sustainably?

For our Director of Development, Gláucio Gomes, it's about, of a paradigm shift, of an ethical transition that global governance needs to go through. "When it comes to agriculture, there's a lot to think about and discuss. For a significant portion of the population, including for many who participate in COP26, agriculture is business. But the fact is that agriculture is also food production. It's work and income, is social organization in the field, guarantee of human rights and subsistence, is culture and identity, and place in the world for millions of farmers. In many cases, agriculture is what gives meaning to the lives of families and communities", highlights.

Agriculture is at the heart of the second Sustainable Development Goal (Ods 2): end hunger, achieve the food security and improving nutrition and promoting sustainable agriculture. In order to achieve this goal, it is necessary to guide agriculture as a social and environmental management. There are two critical targets in this discussion: the importance of communities and local power and how agriculture is organised and structured, mainly with regard to land aspects and encouraging cooperation between producers. Both points converge on the crucial importance of the territory to promote sustainable agriculture.

Therefore, is possible and more recommended for the future of this planet, think of a humanized agriculture, with social function and where, in the equation, consider yourself the millions of peasants in the world. There are already agricultural development strategies that provide sustainability from a logic of social inclusion, economic and productive, land democratization and capacity-building by local actors. For example,, our actions to foster the creation and development of cooperatives and community businesses, the formation of Local Productive Arrangements and the strengthening of value chains based on local vocations.

Create and deploy more strategies for strengthening family farming through policies and incentive and investment programmes in basic agriculture, e, so, by the vote of confidence that needs to be done by state and business leaders at the global level. We believe that COP26 is a possible place for us to start strengthening these actions.

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