Johannesburg meeting gets ball rolling for future climate-smart farming

Dec 12, 2013


We need "better ways of agricultural production and farming to ensure food and nutrition security for the world’s increasing population" according to the organisers of last week's third global conference on Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Security and Climate Change

The conference included contributions from the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). Director Bruce Campbell and Head of Research Sonja Vermeulen both spoke during the high-level plenary sessions, sharing examples of how climate-smart agriculture can improve the lives of millions. 

Watch: Sonja Vermeulen takes stock of the current challenges, political and otherwise in the opening plenary

The conference builds on a series of events convened over the years by CCAFS, the World Bank, FAO, the Governments of Netherlands and South Africa, and many other partners working on sustainaing food security under a changing climate. 

Watch: the World Bank's Patrick Verkooijen shares key milestones in making agriculture part of the climate solution

This year's conference kickstarted the development of an Alliance on Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA), which will be formally launched during UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Climate Summit in September 2014 in New York.

According to the conference organisers, the CSA Alliance will be set up to accelerate the development and implementation of CSA across a range variety of agricultural systems and scales. 

Watch: Lindiwe Sibanda of the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) says put the farmers first

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Full press releaseRoad Map for the Alliance on Climate-Smart Agriculture 5 December 2013

Recaps from the previous Climate-Smart Agriculture conferences

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