Opportunities for a low-emission transformation of Colombia’s food system

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  • The food system in Colombia contributes a significant proportion (62%) of total anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, which is twice the global average (31%).
  • The three primary sources of emissions in Colombia’s food system, ranked in decreasing order of importance, are: (i) net forest conversion, accounting for 45% of total food system emissions; (ii) livestock management, including enteric fermentation and manure management (35% of emissions); and (iii) food system waste disposal (6% of emissions). Mitigation strategies in Colombia’s food system should prioritize reducing emissions from these sources, and continue and expand actions to increase forest-related carbon sinks.

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