Context: India has joined AIM for Climate Initiative.
About AIM for Climate
- AIM for Climate stands for Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate launched at COP 26 of UNFCCC at Glasgow.
- It is a joint initiative of USA and UAE to address climate change and global hunger by uniting participants to significantly increase investment in and providing other support for climate smart agriculture and food systems innovation over five years (2021-2025).
Objectives of AIM for Climate
- Demonstrate collective commitment to significantly increase investment in agricultural innovation for climate smart agriculture and food systems over five years (2021-25).
- Support frameworks and structures to enable technical discussions and promotion of expertise, knowledge and priorities across international and national levels of innovation to amplify the impact of participants’ investments.
- Establish appropriate structures for exchanges between Ministers and chief scientists as key focal points and champions for cooperation on climate related agricultural innovation.
- An innovation sprint is an increase in aggregate self-financed investment from NGOs partners to achieve an outcome/output in agriculture innovation and for climate smart agriculture and food systems to be completed in an expedited timeframe.
- Focus areas of AIM for Climate Innovation sprints are: (i) Smallholder Farmers in Low & Middle Income Countries (ii) Methane Reduction (iii) Emerging Technologies (iv) Agroecological Research.
Members of AIM for Climate
There are three avenues for participation in AIM for Climate coalition.
- Government partner: Governments who announce an increase in aggregate public investment in agricultural innovation for climate smart agriculture and food systems over the next 5 years. 45 countries have joined as Government partners. India is also a government partner in this initiative.
- Innovation sprint partner: Non-government participants who announce an increase in aggregate self-financed investment in agricultural innovation for climate-smart agriculture and food systems over the next five years (2021-2025) to enable investment for bold ideas to foster innovation in an expedited timeframe.
- Knowledge partner: They are non-government participants who intend to participate in activities of AIM for Climate and announce to amplify agricultural innovation through: insight sharing, innovation collaboration, coordination, demonstration and deployment etc.