Report back from Agriculture, Landscapes and Livelihoods Day

Summing up what happened during Agriculture, Landscapes and Livelihoods Day 5, held on the side lines of COP18, Doha. Photo: C.Schubert (CCAFS)
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Dic 17, 2012



by Vanessa Meadu

Over 400 people attended the Agriculture, Landscapes and Livelihoods Day 5 event on 3 December, with another 700 watching the live webcast and thousands more interacting via social media.

The Roundtable Sessions saw lively discussions about practical experiences and challenges, and produced recommendations that can be used to feed into the UNFCCC policy process. Visit the Roundtable Sessions web pages to read these recommendations.  The Ideas Marketplace highlighted innovative work that is underway across a wide range of issues to ensure food and livelihood security in the face of climate change. Visit the Ideas Marketplace web pages to watch presentations on each idea and find out more.

In the final Summary of Outcomes, the event organisers highlighted “the urgent need for more foresight [due to the] critical impacts on food security, the environment and livelihoods of climate change. Yet, agriculture is significantly under-represented in the UNFCCC, with no dedicated work programme for agriculture as of yet.” By the end of COP18 meetings, negotiators had decided to postpone any discussions about agriculture to the next round of talks in June 2013. Throughout the event, participants and speakers expressed frustration with the lack of action under the UNFCCC with event participants making high profile statements in the New York Times and Reuters AlertNet.

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 Vanessa Meadu is Communications Manager at the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)