The Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Land-Use, and Energy (FABLE) Consortium
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About the FABLE Consortium
The Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Land-Use, and Energy (FABLE) Consortium is convened as part of the Food and Land-Use Coalition (FOLU). It aims to understand how countries can transition towards sustainable land-use and food systems. In particular, we ask how countries can collectively meet associated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the objectives of the Paris Agreement. FABLE comprises 19 country teams, which develop data and modelling infrastructure to promote ambitious, integrated strategies towards sustainable land-use and food systems. A summary of FABLE can be downloaded here.
FABLE is led by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), working closely with EAT, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), and many other institutions.
Sustainable land-use and food systems have to meet multiple needs encapsulated in the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement. These include food security and healthy diets; adequate incomes for farmers; net-zero greenhouse gas emissions; protection of biodiversity; sharp declines in the release of nitrogen and other nutrients as well as chemical pollution; and sustainable use of water resources. Countries also need to consider trade and spillovers of their food and land-use systems on other countries. Today’s global food and land-use systems do not meet these needs, and countries need to understand how to fix their land-use and food systems.
The FABLE approach
Fortunately, solutions exist to address these challenges, but they are not widely known or applied at scale. Countries lack integrated strategies that tackle synergies and trade-offs between agriculture, water, biodiversity, healthy diets, and greenhouse gas emissions. The FABLE Consortium aims to understand how countries can ensure food security and healthy diets for all, promote decent rural livelihoods, keep the rise in average global temperatures to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, halt and reverse the loss of biodiversity, ensure sustainable water use, and contain the pollution of water and air, including through excessive use of fertilizers.
FABLE organizes its analysis around three pillars for sustainable land-use and food systems. They are complemented by an analysis of trade in the context of integrated land and water-resources planning.
The FABLE Consortium pursues three objectives:
Capacity development and sharing of best practice for data management and modelling of the 3 pillars through (i) simplified assessments of land-use and food systems for stakeholder engagement (“FABLE Calculator”); (ii) integrated data to support policy-making; and (iii) integrated, geospatially-explicit modelling with trade analyses.
Development of mid-century national pathways that can collectively achieve shared global targets and have consistent trade assumptions. Such pathways can directly support governments’ efforts to develop mid-century low-emission development strategies under the Paris Agreement’s Article 4.19. They also support achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity.
Analysis of national policy options. By establishing national tools for policy analysis, governments and their stakeholders can test the impact of proposed policies across the three pillars of sustainable land-use and food systems, which can help raise the level of ambition and promote policy coherence.
The FABLE Consortium has issued a first report. Over the coming years, members will improve data systems, analytical tools, and analyses of policy options for land-use and food systems. With other parts of the Food and Land-Use Coalition, we work with interested governments to help improve policies and to develop long-term transformation strategies, including low-emission development strategies required under the Paris Agreement.
Scientific Director: Aline Mosnier (SDSN).
Fabrice DeClerck (EAT/Stockholm Resilience Centre), Gaëlle Espinosa (SDSN), Marine Formentini (SDSN), Valeria Javalera-Rincon (IIASA), Sarah Jones (Bioversity International), Rudolf Neubauer (IIASA), Fernando Orduña-Cabrera (IIASA), Liviu Penescu (Consultant), Katya Pérez-Guzman (IIASA), Jordan Poncet (SDSN), Frank Sperling (IIASA), Marcus Thomson (IIASA).
The FABLE Consortium is grateful for the generous financial support from many supporters, including: the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the William, Jeff and Jennifer Gross Family Foundation, the MAVA Foundation, Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Swedish Postcode Lottery Foundation (Svenska Postkod Stiftelsen), Systemiq, the World Resources Institute (WRI), Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología of Mexico, IIASA, EAT, and the SDSN.
Many others have provided direct assistance to members of the FABLE country teams.
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FABLE Country Teams
Each country team develops the data and modelling infrastructure to promote ambitious, integrated strategies towards sustainable land-use and food systems. This includes “pathways” that describe the changes needed to achieve mid-century objectives. The FABLE country teams are independent, and their views do not necessarily reflect the views of the governments.
Team members: Federico Frank (INTA), Adrian Monjeau (Fundación Bariloche), Gustavo Nadal (Fundación Bariloche)
Publications: 2019 Report of the FABLE Consortium. Pathway for Argentina; T20 Policy Briefs; (upcoming - The Role of Spillovers in SDG Implementation: An impact assessment of Argentine soybean commodities throughout their value chain)
Participating Institutions: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO); ClimateWorks Australia; Deakin University
Team members: Brett Bryan (Deakin University), Eli Court (ClimateWorks Australia), Mike Grundy (CSIRO), Michalis Hadjikakou (Deakin University), Raymundo Marcos-Martinez (CSIRO), Javier Navarro-Garcia (CSIRO)
Publications: 2019 Report of the FABLE Consortium. Pathway for Australia.
Participating Institution: National Institute for Space Research (INPE)
Team members: Wanderson Costa (INPE), Fernando Ramos (INPE), Marluce Scarabello (INPE), Aline Soterroni (INPE)
Publications: 2019 Report of the FABLE Consortium. Pathway for Brazil.
Participating Institution: The University of British Columbia (UBC)
Team members: Ginni Braich (UBC), Navin Ramankutty (UBC)
Publications: 2019 Report of the FABLE Consortium. Pathway for Canada.
Participating Institution: Center for Agricultural Resources Research, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CARR, IGDB, CAS);
Team members: Zhaohai Bai (CARR, IGDB, CAS), Xinpeng Jin (CARR, IGDB, CAS), Lin Ma (CARR, IGDB, CAS), Hao Zhao (CARR, IGDB, CAS)
Publications: 2019 Report of the FABLE Consortium. Pathway for China.
Participating Institution: Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (PUJ)
Team members: Juan Benavides (PUJ), John Chavarro (PUJ), Natalia Buriticá (PUJ), Efraín Domínguez (PUJ), Andrés Peña (PUJ), Armando Sarmiento (PUJ)
Publications: 2019 Report of the FABLE Consortium. Pathway for Colombia.
Participating Institution: Policy Studies Institute (PSI)
Publications: 2019 Report of the FABLE Consortium. Pathway for Ethiopia.
Participating Institutions: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Publications: 2019 Report of the FABLE Consortium. Pathway for the European Union.
Participating Institution: Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)
Team members: Heikki Lehtonen (Luke), Janne Rämö (Luke)
Publications: 2019 Report of the FABLE Consortium. Pathway for Finland.
Team members: Manish Anand (TERI), Vaibhav Chaturvedi (CEEW), Chandan Jha (IIMA), Ranjan Ghosh (IIMA)
Publications: 2019 Report of the FABLE Consortium. Pathway for India.
Participating Institutions: Centre for Climate Risk and Opportunity Management, Bogor Agricultural University (CCROM); Research Center for Climate Change, University of Indonesia (RCCC-UI)
Team members: Habiburrachman A H F (RCCC-UI), Rizaldi Boer (CCROM), Gito Immanuel (CCROM), I Putu Santikayasa (CCROM), Jatna Supriatna (RCCC-UI), Nurul Winarni (RCCC-UI)
Publications: 2019 Report of the FABLE Consortium. Pathway for Indonesia.
Participating Institution: Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development, Sunway University
Team members: Jasmin Irisha Jim Ilham (Jeffrey Sachs Center), Low Wai Sern (Jeffrey Sachs Center)
Publications: 2019 Report of the FABLE Consortium. Pathway for Malaysia.
FABLE Mexico website: https://sites.google.com/ucsd.edu/fablemexico//
Camilo Alcantara Concepcion (UGTO), Gerardo Bocco (UNAM), George Dyer (Colegio de México), Charlotte Gonzalez Abraham (Consultant), Gordon McCord (UCSD), Marcela Olguin (Consultant), Irene Pisanty (UNAM), Andres Prieto (UCSD), Ernesto Vega Peña (UNAM), Antonia Yunez (Colegio de México)
Publications: 2019 Report of the FABLE Consortium. Pathway for Mexico.
Participating Institution: Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA)
Team members: Oleg Lugovoy (RANEPA), Vladimir Potashnikov (RANEPA)), Anton Strokov (RANEPA)
Publications: 2019 Report of the FABLE Consortium. Pathway for the Russian Federation.
Participating Institution: University of Rwanda
Team members: : Francois Xavier Naramabuye (University of Rwanda), Fidèle Niyitanga (University of Rwanda)
Publications: 2019 Report of the FABLE Consortium. Pathway for Rwanda.
Participating Institution: Stellenbosch University
Participating Institutions: Centre for Environmental and Climate Research, Lund University (CEC); Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University (SRC)
Team members: : Ingo Fetzer (SRC), Deniz Koca (CEC)
Publications: 2019 Report of the FABLE Consortium. Pathway for Sweden.
Team members: : Pei-Yuan Chen (CEH), Charles Godfrey (University of Oxford), Jim Hall (University of Oxford), Paula Harrison (CEH), Nicholas Leach (University of Oxford),
Publications: 2019 Report of the FABLE Consortium. Pathway for the United Kingdom.
Team members: : Grace C. Wu (TNC and Berkeley Lab), Justin Baker (RTI International), Gordon McCord (UCSD)
Publications: 2019 Report of the FABLE Consortium. Pathway for the United States.