Unmasking the Realities of COP 28: A Call for Precision in Agriculture’s Green Transition with Smart Tools

COP 28’s inauguration in Dubai on November 30 defied the usual climate conference narrative, marking a significant milestone in understanding the COP 28 impact on sustainable agricultural practices. Instead of generic doomsday predictions, we witnessed a refreshing dose of realism—a recalibration of de-carbonization efforts, grounded timelines for transition, and tangible financial commitments from major players, including Italy, to aid nations grappling with the economic fallout of combating climate change.

Amid this pragmatism, it becomes imperative to reevaluate the agricultural and “Green” food production transition, an area currently obscured in both methods and timelines. This reevaluation at COP 28 is crucial to enhance sustainable agricultural practices globally. Let’s scrutinize COP 28’s turning point alongside the tumultuous events of the last three years in the energy sector.

The energy price rollercoaster wasn’t merely a product of geopolitical tensions; it was a complex interplay of factors, directly affecting sustainable agricultural practices as discussed at COP 28. Oil prices, soaring to $80 per barrel by the end of 2021, surged again in 2022, reaching a peak of $110 per barrel. By the fall of 2023, prices plummeted to $60. This fluctuation, driven by pandemic-induced production cuts, global trade disruptions from economic conflicts, and the anticipation of dwindling fossil fuel production for the climate transition, rippled across commodities, triggering global inflation from late 2022 to July 2023. Rising prices, coupled with climbing interest rates, caused a substantial drop in demand for goods, including food. Despite this turbulence, global agricultural production continued to grow, albeit at a slower pace, especially in Europe and Italy.

In this context, the energy and “Green” transitions, coupled with constraints from the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), are steering a quantitative reduction in production resource utilization. This is exacerbated by a selective bias against innovative approaches, which, contrary to popular belief, could offer a more sustainable solution.

The confluence of soaring prices and escalating interest rates is wreaking havoc on food demand in lower-income countries. The future of agriculture is increasingly uncertain: diminished production, surging prices, dwindling demand, and exacerbated living conditions in developing and emerging nations. The “Green” transition, enforced by agricultural policies like CAP, persists with tight deadlines and minimal room for gradual implementation.

The term “transition,” often wielded with fascination, implies moving from one condition to a supposedly better one. However, this cannot be reasonably achieved without a prior quantification of overall consequences, including frequently overlooked negative impacts. To avert the worst food crisis in history, intensified by a growing population and record per capita consumption, we must amplify production instead of curtailing it.

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As COP 28 reconsiders energy strategies, a parallel review of agricultural and food transition policies is crucial. The insights from COP 28, especially on the impact of sustainable agricultural practices, highlight the necessity for solutions like SmartCloudFarming, not just as a choice but as a necessity to navigate the impending challenges and revolutionize the future of agriculture.