The Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Land-Use, and Energy (FABLE) Consortium

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Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Ethiopia, European Union, Finland, IndiaIndonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Russian Federation, Rwanda, United Kingdom, United States

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 country teams (dark green), including FOLU focus countries (light green), by AMCHARTS.     Countries participating in the FABLE Consortium are: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Ethiopia, European Union, Finland, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Russian Federation, Rwanda, South Africa, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States.

FABLE country teams (dark green), including FOLU focus countries (light green), by AMCHARTS.

Countries participating in the FABLE Consortium are: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Ethiopia, European Union, Finland, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Russian Federation, Rwanda, South Africa, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States.

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.

FABLE Consortium meeting participants (4-7 June 2019 in Bogota). Photo: courtesy of the    Centro de los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible para América Latina y el Caribe    (CODS)

FABLE Consortium meeting participants (4-7 June 2019 in Bogota). Photo: courtesy of the Centro de los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible para América Latina y el Caribe (CODS)

Why FABLE?

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:

  1. 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.

  2.  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. 

  3.  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.

Secretariat

Scientific Director: Aline Mosnier (SDSN).

Project Directors: Michael Obersteiner (IIASA), Guido Schmidt-Traub (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).

Our supporters

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.

Contact us

For more information and comments please write to: info.fable@unsdsn.org.

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.

Argentina

Participating Institutions: Fundación Bariloche; National Agricultural Technology Institute (INTA)

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)

Australia

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.

Brazil

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.

Canada

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.

China

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.

Colombia

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.

Ethiopia

Participating Institution: Policy Studies Institute (PSI)

Team members: Firew Bekele Woldeyes (PSI), Kiflu Gedefe Molla (PSI)

Publications: 2019 Report of the FABLE Consortium. Pathway for Ethiopia.

European Union

Participating Institutions: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

Team members: Stefan Frank (IIASA), Katya Pérez-Guzman (IIASA), Frank Sperling (IIASA), Marcus Thomson (IIASA),

Publications: 2019 Report of the FABLE Consortium. Pathway for the European Union.

Finland

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.

India

Participating Institutions: Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW); Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA); The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)

Team members: Manish Anand (TERI), Vaibhav Chaturvedi (CEEW), Chandan Jha (IIMA), Ranjan Ghosh (IIMA)

Publications: 2019 Report of the FABLE Consortium. Pathway for India.

Indonesia

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.

Malaysia

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.

Mexico

FABLE Mexico website: https://sites.google.com/ucsd.edu/fablemexico//

Participating Institutions: University of California San Diego (UCSD); Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM); EL Colegio de México; Universidad de Guanajuato (UGTO)

Team members:

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.

Russian Federation

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.

Rwanda

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.

South Africa

Participating Institution: Stellenbosch University

Team members: Belinda Reyers (Stellenbosch University), Odirilwe Selomane (Stellenbosch University)

Sweden

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.

United Kingdom

Participating Institutions: Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH); University of Oxford

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.

United States

Participating Institutions: The Nature Conservancy (TNC); Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab); RTI International; University of California San Diego (UCSD)

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.