$ 4+ billion of increased investments
raised for 2021-2025

Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate

Working to enable solutions at the intersection of agriculture and climate

About AIM for Climate

The Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM for Climate / AIM4C) is a joint initiative created by the United States and the United Arab Emirates. AIM for Climate seeks to address the climate crisis by uniting participants to significantly increase and accelerate investment in, and/or other support for, climate-smart agriculture and food systems innovation over the next five years (2021 – 2025).

AIM for Climate seeks to drive more rapid and transformative climate action in the agricultural sector, empowering agriculture to be part of the solution to address the climate crisis, build resilience to its impacts, and create co-benefits of climate action. Diversity, gender equity, and inclusion are critical to the success of the mission. AIM for Climate recognizes the wide range of participants necessary to achieve its goal and seeks to draw on diverse knowledge, experiences, and cultures.

Participation in AIM for Climate is voluntary.

What are we AIMing for?

Objectives

AIM for Climate will work to:

  1. Demonstrate collective commitment to significantly increase investment in agricultural innovation for climate-smart agriculture and food systems over the next five years (2021-2025).
  2. Support frameworks and structures to enable technical discussions and the promotion of expertise, knowledge, and priorities across international and national levels of innovation to amplify the impact of participants’ investments.
  3. Establish appropriate structures for exchanges between Ministers and chief scientists, and other appropriate stakeholders, as key focal points and champions for cooperation on climate-related agricultural innovation, to engender greater co-creation and cooperation on shared research priorities between countries.

Scope

AIM for Climate focuses on increasing and accelerating investment in, and/or other support for, climate-smart agricultural innovation in the areas of:

  1. Scientific breakthroughs via basic agricultural research through national-level government and academic research institutions.
  2. Public and private applied research, including through support to international research centers, institutions, and laboratory networks.
  3. Development, demonstration, and deployment of practical, actionable, and innovative products, services, and knowledge to producers and other market participants, including through national agricultural research extension systems.
Terms of Reference

Innovation Sprints

Fast Tracking Climate Solutions from CGIAR Genebank Collections

A new $40M initiative led by the CGIAR, in partnership with the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will unlock key climate-resilient traits from CGIAR’s vast global genebank collections. This Innovation Sprint will expand the utilization of high-value genetic diversity to address current and emerging climate challenges faced by millions of smallholder farmers worldwide. The initiative welcomes additional partners from all sectors to scale this critical work.

Point of contact

  • Andre Zandstra
  • Global Director
  • Innovative Finance and Resource Mobilization, CGIAR

Climate Resilience Through Crop Protection Innovation

Guided by its purpose to advance innovation in agriculture for a sustainable future, CropLife International is launching an initiative to accelerate access and uptake of climate-smart crop protection innovations for smallholder farmers in Asia, Africa, and Central America. Through a new investment of over $13M over 5 years, the multi-stakeholder Innovation Sprint supports farmers to do “more with less” and increase their ability to mitigate and adapt to pest and disease challenges using climate friendly approaches.

Participants

Point of contact

AgMission: Cultivating Climate-Smart Solutions

The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research, U.S. Farmers & Ranchers in Action, and the World Farmers Organisation established AgMission to make agriculture net-negative for greenhouse gas emissions through comprehensive agricultural research. AgMission collaborates with farmers, ranchers and scientists to co-create and expand adoption of climate-smart technologies by developing an interoperable, data-driven framework that connects farmers to technological and scientific advances. AgMission has raised over $10M and continues fundraising for this unprecedented initiative.

Point of contact

  • Sarah Goldberg
  • Director of communications & legislative affairs
  • Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR)

Climate Proofing 0.5 billion acres around the world by 2024

The ClimateAi team seeks to “climate-proof” 0.5 billion acres around the world by 2024 by deploying AI-driven adaptation tools that boost agricultural productivity despite climate change. ClimateAi’s innovative climate analytics (1 day to 40 years out) help farmers and agribusinesses adapt by enabling data-driven decisions to maximize yield, crop quality, resource efficiency, and financial stability/profits while reducing GHG emissions per ton. ClimateAi recently raised $12M from investors and $250k in grant funding from the National Science Foundation.

Participants

Point of contact

Greener Cattle Initiative: Addressing Enteric Methane Emissions

The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research, the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy and industry partners are launching the Greener Cattle Initiative, a public-private partnership aimed at reducing enteric methane emissions from dairy and beef cattle, a major climate change contributor. This five-year initiative is awarding $5M in research grants to identify, develop and/or validate scientifically sound, commercially feasible and socially responsible mitigation options. This research advances the sectors’ voluntary greenhouse gas emission reduction goals.

U.S. Regenerative Cotton Fund

The U.S. Regenerative Cotton Fund will work in partnership with U.S. cotton growers and the U.S. cotton industry to implement regenerative soil health practices across more than one million acres of U.S. cotton cropland over the next five years, with the goal of eliminating one million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent from the atmosphere by 2026. The U.S. Regenerative Cotton Fund is supported by a $5M investment from the Ralph Lauren Corporate Foundation.

Point of contact

Soil organic carbon sequestration opportunities in soils of Latin America and the Caribbean

The objective of this Innovation Sprint is to contribute to the design of land use and management with high potential for soil organic carbon (SOC) sequestration in agricultural production systems of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) and to build capacities in LAC for the quantification and monitoring of SOC stocks. The project is expected to be completed by May 2025 with a total investment of approximately $1.5M.

Satellite monitoring of quantity and quality of available biomass in pastoral livestock systems

The objective of the Innovation Sprint is to lower the cost of estimating the quantity and quality of biomass available in pastoral livestock systems through a satellite tool, in real-time and with adequate precision. The project is expected to be completed by May 2026, with a total investment of approximately $1.3M.

Get Involved

There are three avenues for participation in the AIM for Climate coalition:

  1. Government Partner

  2. Innovation Sprint Partner

  3. Knowledge Partner

Government Partner:

Government participants who announce an increase in aggregate public investment in agricultural innovation for climate-smart agriculture and food systems over the next five years (2021-2025). Responsibility, control, and oversight of investments will remain with the participant. Government partners also support the objectives of AIM for Climate and intend to participate in its activities.

Government Partner Framework

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. Innovation Sprint Partners are encouraged to facilitate innovation challenges with participation by other AIM for Climate participants, including governments. Responsibility, control, and oversight of investments will remain with the participant unless the participant determines otherwise. Announced new investments should avoid double counting (e.g., double counting of the same investments by government and innovation sprint partners).

Innovation Sprint Partner Framework

Knowledge Partner:

Non-government participants, such as private research, education and extension institutions and international organizations, companies, or other NGOs who support the objectives of AIM for Climate, intend to participate in its activities, and announce an intent to amplify agricultural innovation through: insight sharing, innovation collaboration, coordination, demonstration and deployment.

  • Insight Sharing:

    Share best practices to increase the equitable diffusion of – and positive returns to – agricultural innovation efforts focused on adapting to and mitigating the effects of climate change.

  • Innovation Collaboration:

    Launch flexible, inclusive, and targeted innovation collaboration focused on specific innovation areas, guided by the values of openness, transparency, reciprocity, and merit-based competition.

  • Institutional Capacity Building:

    Collaborate to increase mutual and equitable capacity for agricultural innovation focused on climate change, including efforts to enhance the efficacy and resourcing of existing innovation institutions.

  • Coordination:

    Facilitate sharing of information and partnerships among national-level government agricultural innovation and academic research institutions; international research centers, institutions, and laboratory networks; and national agricultural research extension systems.

  • Demonstration and Deployment:

    Support efforts for innovations generated or promoted through AIM for Climate activities to be effectively, efficiently, and expeditiously demonstrated and/or deployed to reach farmers, food producers, and others, particularly in climate-vulnerable countries.

Join AIM for Climate

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Media

  • 02 November 2021 USDA.gov

    USDA: Launching Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate

    On November 2, at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), the United States and United Arab Emirates officially launched the Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM for Climate) alongside 31 countries and over 48 non-government partners. In remarks at the World Leaders Summit, President Biden announced that the United States intends to mobilize $1 billion in investment in climate-smart agriculture and food systems innovation over five years (2021-2025).

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  • 02 November 2021 whitehouse.gov

    Remarks by President Biden at “Accelerating Clean Technology Innovation and Deployment” Event

    We don’t just want to innovate in the industrial sector, the agricultural sector also has a vital role to play. As stewards of the land, our farmers belong on the frontlines of the climate fight. And together with the United Arab Emirates, I’m proud to announce the launch of the Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate — AIM for Climate. This is something we first proposed at my Leaders’ Summit on Climate. Over the last six months, we’ve worked for more than — with more than 75 partners to catalyze public and private investment in climate-smart agriculture and food system innovation. Today, along with 75 partners, we’re going to launch a $4 billion initial investment globally. And the United States is planning to mobilize $1 billion of that $4 billion over the next five years. And I invite all of you to join us in working to double the investment by the time we meet at COP27.

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  • 23 September 2021 prnewswire.com

    Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate Supporters Triple Following Preview at Leaders Summit on Climate

    The Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM for Climate), a major initiative to transform the global agricultural sector, announced the support of 12 new countries, as well as the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The announcement took place as part of the United Nations Food Systems Summit in New York.

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  • 23 September 2021 whitehouse.gov

    Biden-⁠Harris Administration Commit to End Hunger and Malnutrition and Build Sustainable Resilient Food Systems

    The United States is committed to developing innovative, inclusive, science-based, and creative solutions to food systems transformation. It is committed to leveraging the power of well-functioning markets at the local and international levels to bolster food security and sustainable food systems by expanding income opportunities, stabilizing food supply and prices, reducing food loss and waste, and improving dietary diversity and nutrition.

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  • 23 April 2021 state.gov

    Launching Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate

    At President Biden’s Leaders Summit on Climate on April 23, 2021, the United States and United Arab Emirates, with endorsement from the United Kingdom’s COP 26 Presidency, and with support from Australia, Brazil, Denmark, Israel, Singapore, and Uruguay, announced plans to launch the Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM for Climate).

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  • 23 April 2021 usda.gov

    Launching Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate - USDA

    At President Biden’s Leaders Summit on Climate on April 23, 2021, the United States and United Arab Emirates, with endorsement from the United Kingdom’s COP 26 Presidency, and with support from Australia, Brazil, Denmark, Israel, Singapore, and Uruguay, announced plans to launch the Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM for Climate).

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  • 23 April 2021 www.whitehouse.gov

    FACT SHEET: President Biden’s Leaders Summit on Climate

    On Day One, President Biden fulfilled his commitment to rejoin the Paris Agreement. Days later, he took executive actions to ensure we tackle the climate crisis at home and abroad – all while creating jobs and strengthening our economy. This week, he held a historic summit with 40 world leaders to show that America is back.

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      U.S. Climate Envoy John Kerry speaks to Thomas Friedman about AIM for Climate at The New York Times Climate Hub.
      AIM for Climate announced eight Innovation Sprints at COP26 to fasttrack climate-smart agriculture and food systems innovation.
      Patrice Louvet, CEO & President of Ralph Lauren Corporation, shares more about the mission behind the Innovation Sprint - The U.S. Regenerative Cotton Fund.
      FAO Director General Qu Dongyu speaks about FAO's role as an AIM for Climate Knowledge Partner.
      'Investing in Our Future: Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate' Event at the US Center, COP26
      Introducing AIM for Climate with UAE Minister H.E. Mariam Almheiri and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack at the UAE Pavilion, COP26.
      Agriculture is critical to catalyze a green revolution for Africa, says Kenyan Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Raychelle Omamo at COP26
      Bill Gates talks about the increased focus on climate adaptation and innovation at the Atlantic Council's 'Paving the way for climate innovation' event at COP26
      U.S. Climate Envoy John Kerry at the Atlantic Council's Paving the Way with Climate Innovation event at COP26
      AIM for Climate's Government Partners on the urgent need for increased investments in climate-smart agriculture and food systems innovation.
      U.S. President Biden Announces the Launch of AIM for Climate at COP26
      Bill Gates states Gates Foundation's support for AIM for Climate at COP26
      US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack speaks to CNN about AIM for Climate
      UAE Minister of Climate Change & Environment H.E. Mariam Almheirispeaks to CNN about the interrelationship between food systems and climate change
      The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation joins AIM for Climate at UNFSS 2021
      New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern invites other countries to join AIM for Climate at the UN Food Systems Summit 2021
      Ambassador Power & Secretary Vilsack Pre-recorded Message for UN Food Systems Summit
      UN Food Systems Summit Pre-Summit
      Inside the Leaders Summit on Climate Change
      Farmers on the Frontier of Climate Change: An FP Virtual Dialogue
      Preview at Leaders Summit on Climate Change

      Events

      • 2 Nov
        2:15pm GMT COP26

        AIM for Climate Launch at World Leaders' Summit, Innovation Event, COP26

        The Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM for Climate) was launched on Day 2 of COP26. Watch the event in our multimedia section.

      • 5 Nov
        10:00am - 10:30am GMT COP26

        Introducing the Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM for Climate)

        Watch the livestream of the event here

        This session was held at the UAE Pavilion, COP26 with remarks from global leaders on the Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM for Climate), and the need to increase and accelerate climate-smart agriculture and food systems innovation in support of climate action. 

        The speakers included:

        UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, H.E. Minister Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri
        U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary, Thomas J. Vilsack

      • 6 Nov
        1:30pm - 2:30pm GMT COP26

        Investing in Our Future: Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate

        Watch the livestream of the event here.

        This event was held at the US Center, COP26 with remarks from global leaders on the need to increase and accelerate agriculture and food systems innovation in support of climate action.

        The speakers included: 

        U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry 
        U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary, Thomas J. Vilsack
        UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, H.E. Minister Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri
        United Nations Foundation President, Elizabeth Cousens
        U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator, Samantha Power
        U.S. Senator Robert Casey

         

      Partners

      Launched at COP26, led by the United Arab Emirates and the United States, with a growing coalition of support from:

      • Australia
      • Azerbaijan
      • Bangladesh
      • Brazil
      • Burkina Faso
      • Canada
      • Colombia
      • Costa Rica
      • Denmark
      • Finland
      • Georgia
      • Ghana
      • Honduras
      • Hungary
      • Ireland
      • Israel
      • Japan
      • Kenya
      • Lithuania
      • Mexico
      • Morocco
      • New Zealand
      • Philippines
      • Republic of Korea
      • Romania
      • Singapore
      • Sweden
      • The Bahamas
      • Ukraine
      • United Arab Emirates
      • United Kingdom
      • United States
      • Uruguay
      • Vietnam