COP23 side event: A framework for agricultural development under climate change

Event Date and time


The Crop Trust, Platz Der Vereinten Nationen 7, Bonn

Opening event of the Agriculture advantage side event series at COP23.

Most developing countries have emphasised agriculture in their NDCs. Adaptation is the priority, but many countries include mitigation actions as well. With the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and other agencies making large allocations to agricultural actions, it is opportune to rethink agricultural development, so that public investments can leverage much larger private sector investments. This event aims to contribute to shifting agricultural development from business as usual.



Welcome, event objectives, introduction to speakers

Luigi Guarino, Director of Science and Programs, Crop Trust

14:05-14:15 Effective multi-stakeholders engagement Simon Winter, Executive Director, Syngenta Foundation


A vision for agricultural transformation under climate change

Bruce Campbell, Director, CCAFS


Moderated Q&A with the audience



Moderated panel discussions with representatives from the different sessions

Moderator: Simon Winter, Executive Director, Syngenta Foundation
  • The Gender Advantage: Gender responsive adaptation in smallholder agriculture: challenges and opportunities
Karl Deering, Director, Climate Resilient Agriculture, CARE Climate Change and Resilience Platform
  • The Business Advantage: Scaling up private sector climate actions in agriculture

Ilaria Firmian, Environment and Climate Knowledge and Capacity Development Officer, Environment and Climate Division, IFAD

  • The Land and Water Advantage: Is sustainable land and water management compatible with small-scale farming under climate change?

Jan Low, Principal Scientist, International Potato Center (CIP)

  • The Low Emissions Advantage: Climate finance: Emerging instruments for mitigation in agriculture 
Mark Ellis-Jones, CEO and Co-founder, F3 Life
  • The Policy Advantage: The science-policy interface for climate-smart agriculture in action: What are the lessons learned?
Olu Ajayi, Senior Programme Coordinator and Lead, Climate Change, EU-ACP Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) - tbc
  • The Breeding Advantage: Tapping into genetic diversity for food security in a 4 degrees warmer world
Luigi Guarino, Director of Science and Programs, Crop Trust





Final remarks and wrap up

Ines Dombrowsky, Head of Department: Environmental Policy and Natural Resources Management, German Development Institute (DIE)

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.