Key facts

  • For global emissions to fall to zero within the next three decades, the world economy has to be carbon neutral.
  • Agrifood systems are responsible for more than 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Agriculture offers many low-cost options for GHG emission reductions and CO₂ removal.
  • Agricultural practices that reduce GHG emissions and increase carbon storage could reduce carbon emissions by 1 500–1 600 million tonnes of CO2 equivalents per year.
  • CNAC practices not only limit GHG emissions but also provide a range of other environmental and ecosystem benefits.
  • Some CNAC practices, such as agroforestry, can simultaneously sequester carbon and promote biodiversity conservation.
  • About 70% of the mitigation potential related to LCAC is in low- and middle-income countries.