Agriculture and Rural Development Day was a resounding success, with over 500 people participants and an excellent set of plenary presentations, small group “learning events,” and a fun engagement with the South African Minister of Agriculture. For me the highlights were threefold:
Innovative agricultural development initiatives included:
The South African Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, has assumed de facto political leadership of the Climate Smart Agriculture initiative. She has done this in a few ways, including convening a meeting of African Ministers of Agriculture, participating very actively in Agriculture and Rural Development Day, and advocating strongly for agriculture in the COP. The goal for this COP: a resolution by the Ad Hoc Working Group on LongTerm Collaborative Action for the establishment of a Work Program on Agriculture under the Subsidiary Body on Scientific and Technical Advice (SBSTA). I certainly hope that Canada supports this.
Brent Swallow is an Environment and Development Economist and Chair of the Department Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology at the University of Alberta, Canada. This story was originally posted on his blog.
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