Amanda Leland is the executive director of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). She is responsible for driving EDF’s global mission of ensuring earth’s vitality by addressing the challenge of climate change—rapidly reducing climate pollution while helping people and communities build resilience in the face of environmental impacts we cannot avert.
Climate change is already affecting food security worldwide, and this impact will likely intensify in the coming years. Addressing climate change is essential to ensuring global food security, and agriculture is a significant contributor to climate change and a sector that will be significantly impacted by it.
Leland has emphasized the need for action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, support sustainable agriculture practices, and increase food systems’ resilience to climate change’s impacts. She has also called for increased investment in research and development to identify new strategies for adapting to and mitigating the effects of climate change on agriculture and food security.