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Adapting agriculture to changing landscapes (and climates)

The synergies between adaptation, mitigation and sustainable livelihoods offer opportunities for political innovation. Photo: J.L. Urrea (CCAFS).
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Feb 14, 2014


Chase Sova and Andy Jarvis (University of Oxford; CIAT)

The role of agriculture has been the subject of serious debate at each of the last global climate change conferences.

The most recent event, held in Poland this past December, offered no exception.  Chants of “No agriculture, no deal” resonated along the Warsaw Stadium hallways, backed by a host of government, civil society and private sector actors.

Agriculture contributes to approximately 30% of total global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions when related deforestation and post-production steps are considered. Its treatment by the international community is thus of major consequence, both for mitigation and adaptation outcomes.  Yet agricultural mitigation targets — and a binding agreement to back them — continue to be plagued by sticky issues around national security, terms of trade, and climate justice.

Most actors in the international arena have acknowledged the immediate and urgent adaptation needs of nearly 1.5 billion small-scale producers and have promised action.  In fact, the world has become a testing ground for adaptation policies and projects in nearly all sectors.

For the full story by Chase Sova and Andy Jarvis, see the E-International Relations blog.

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