Pathway to achieve a sustainable food and land-use transition in India

Jha, C.K., Ghosh, R.K., Saxena, S., Singh, V., Mosnier, A., Perez Guzman, K. ORCID:, Stevanović, M., Popp, A., et al. (2022). Pathway to achieve a sustainable food and land-use transition in India. Sustainability Science 18 (1) 457-468. 10.1007/s11625-022-01193-0.

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India has committed to reducing the emissions intensity of GDP by 33-35% from the 2005 level by 2030 in alignment with objectives of the Paris Agreement. This will require a significant reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the food and land-use sector. In this paper, we construct three potential pathways for India to achieve its emissions target by 2050 involving moderate ambitions of mitigation action (BAU), moderate ambitions combined with achieving healthy diets (BAU + NIN), and high levels of mitigation action inclusive of healthy diets (SUSTAINABLE). Using an integrated accounting tool, the FABLE Calculator, that harmonizes various socioeconomic and biophysical data, we project these pathways under the conditions of cross-country balanced trade flows. Results from the projections show that the demand for cereals will increase by 2050, leading to increased GHG emissions under BAU. Under the SUSTAINABLE pathways, GHG emissions will decrease over the same period due to reduced demand for cereals, whereas significant crop productivity and harvest intensity gains would lead to increased crop production. The exercise reveals the indispensability of healthy diets, improved crop, and livestock productivity, and net-zero deforestation in achieving India's mid-century emission targets from the agriculture sector.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Part of a Special Feature: Globally-Consistent National Pathways towards Sustainable Food and Land-use Systems
Uncontrolled Keywords: FABLE Calculator; GHG emissions; Integrated assessment; SDGs; Shared socio-economic pathways
Research Programs: Advancing Systems Analysis (ASA)
Advancing Systems Analysis (ASA) > Cooperation and Transformative Governance (CAT)
Advancing Systems Analysis (ASA) > Exploratory Modeling of Human-natural Systems (EM)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2022 11:58
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2023 12:55

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