The Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM for Climate), a joint initiative from the United States and the United Arab Emirates, has more than doubled investments, partners, and Innovation Sprints as it continues to drive transformative climate-smart agriculture and food systems innovation globally.
Speaking at COP28, AIM for Climate co-leads U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and UAE Minister of Climate Change & Environment, Her Excellency Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, announced that AIM for Climate has increased investment to more than $17 billion, up from $8 billion at COP27. The investment includes over $12 billion from government partners, with contributions from more than 30 countries ranging from Australia and Brazil to the United Kingdom and Vietnam.
In addition, $5 billion of investment comes from Innovation Sprints, initiatives led and self-funded by partners to achieve accelerated agricultural and food systems innovation results. There are now 78 Innovation Sprints, more than double the number announced at COP27, aligned with AIM for Climate’s innovation focus areas: smallholder farmers in low- and middle-income countries, emerging technologies, agroecological research, and methane reduction.
AIM for Climate has also doubled its partners to over 600. This diverse group includes governments, businesses, academia, non-profits, think tanks, and more.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said, “As we convene at COP28, I am pleased to announce our new investments and partnerships under the AIM for Climate initiative. Together with the UAE and our global partners, we are dedicated to meeting our climate goals, enhancing food security, and building a sustainable future for our planet. This partnership embodies our shared commitment to accelerating investments in transformative food systems and climate-smart agricultural innovations, and we look forward to working with everyone on the road to COP30. Our joint efforts are not just about climate-smart agricultural advancements but about nurturing ambition, catalyzing action, and fostering hope towards a more sustainable, resilient, and prosperous world for all.”
The President of the United States launched AIM for Climate at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26).