COP23 side event: Agriculture Advantage: The case for climate action in agriculture

Event Date and time


German Development Institute (DIE) - (5 minutes walk from the Bula zone)

Based on previous sessions which articulate the different dimensions of climate actions in agriculture, this event called on countries, international organizations and businesses to take cognizance of the advantage offered by climate investments in agriculture, and urged stakeholders to come together for the transformation required within the sector.



Welcome, event objectives and background

Michael Hailu, Director, CTA 


Opening: Priorities for an action agenda on agriculture

Moderator: Michael Hailu, Director, CTA 

Enhancing the competitiveness of the agriculture sector under a low-carbon development pathway

HE Luis Felipe Arauz Cavallini, Minister of Agriculture, Costa Rica

Transforming our agro-food systems with agricultural research for development

Dr. Stefan Schmitz, Commissioner for the special initiative “ONE WORLD – No Hunger“ and Head of Directorate 12 Food, Agriculture, Rural Development, BMZ

Tapping into climate finance for climate action in agriculture

Margarita Astralaga, Director, Environment and Climate Change Division, International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD)

The farmer-based approach to climate action in agriculture

Ishmael Sunga, CEO, Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU)


Summary and wrap up from sub-theme events

Bruce Campbell, Director, CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)


Moderated Q&A with the audience


Coffee break


Discussion: Transforming Agriculture for the future: Action and way forward

  • Paul Desanker, Manager, Adaptation Programme, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
  • Olga Speckhardt, Head of Global Insurance Solutions, Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture
  • Jonathan Mockshell, Research Fellow, German Development Institute (DIE)
  • Sophia Huyer, Gender and Social Inclusion Research Leader, CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)

Moderator: Tony Simons, Director General, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)


Moderated Q&A with the audience


Closing keynote

Roberto Ridolfi, Director for Planet and Prosperity, DG Development and Cooperation, EuropeAid


Closing remarks

Tony Simons, Director General, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)

This event is part of the Agriculture advantage: the case for climate action in agriculture, an initiative and collaboration effort between different organizations with the mission to transform agricultural development in the face of climate change. Click here to see the series of events at COP23.

View the full list of CCAFS events at COP23 in Bonn.