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

Today’s global food and land-use systems are not meeting the needs of food security, healthy diets, adequate incomes for farmers,  zero emissions, protection of biodiversity, chemical pollution and sustainable use of water resources. Countries need to understand how to fix their land-use and food systems while considering the impacts on other countries.


FABLE mobilizes scientific teams from countries around the world to inform their governments’ policy choices on land use. The consortium pursues three objectives:

and sharing of best practice for data management and modelling.

that can collectively achieve shared global targets and have consistent trade assumptions. 

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.

A figure showing GHG emissions from land and agriculture presented in the 2019 FABLE Consortium Report on the US.

Where we come in

The SDG Policy Initiative through Prof McCord has worked with FABLE modeling teams in the US and Mexico where he worked on national analysis while coordinating with other global teams to share lessons, ensure consistent trade flows, and align the sum of national pathways with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the objectives of the Paris Agreement. McCord was a co-author on the 2019 US FABLE report that provides a clear understanding of the current land use and agricultural needs and a path forward.