Towards an evidence-based approach to agroecology and climate change adaptation and mitigation in low- and middle-income countries | Webinar 2

Building evidence for transforming agricultural innovation systems under climate change

The second in a series of webinars to set a path for transformation in agricultural innovation systems, in the lead up to COP26.

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A rapid evidence review presented by Sieg Snapp, MSU.


Agroecology is increasingly promoted as a means to transform food systems globally, yet the evidence for generating large-scale impacts on climate change adaptation and mitigation in developing countries has been unclear.

This session summarizes the quality and strength of evidence regarding (i) the impact of agroecological approaches on climate change mitigation and adaptation in low-and-middle-income countries, and (ii) the programming approaches and conditions supporting large-scale agroecological transitions.

The session includes panelists from notable, large-scale initiatives for agroecology and invites them to comment on the review findings and their experience about what is necessary to scale up agroecology programs.

Substantial evidence is available for agroecology’s impacts on climate change adaptation and only modest evidence for impacts on mitigation, mostly for carbon sequestration. Farmer co-creation and sharing of knowledge supported farmers’ capacity to adapt to local conditions, improving both adaptation and mitigation.

The review also identifies knowledge gaps critical to understand and inform future public and private investment in research, development and deployment of agroecological approaches.






Introduction to the evidence review webinars & Welcome by Chair

Yodit Kebede, Post-doctoral Researcher, the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD)


Climate change and the performance of agroecological approaches in low- and middle-income countries

Sieg SnappProfessor, Michigan State University (MSU)


Panel reacting to evidence review


Lini Wollenberg, Flagship Leader for Low Emissions Development, CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and University of Vermont (UVM)


Vijay Kumar Thallam, Advisor and Co-Vice Chariman, Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) & Andhra Pradesh Community Managed Natural Farming (APCNF)

Batamaka Somé, International Consultant for The McKnight Foundation's Collaborative Crop Research Programme activities for West Africa

Sandra Gagnon, PhD, Senior Program Officer for Climate-Resilient Food Systems, International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Guy Faure, Senior Policy Officer, European Commission


Reflection from key stakeholders and live Q&A



Closing and introduction to next webinar

Liz Kirk, Senior Food Security and Commercial Agriculture AdviserUK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)


  • UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)
  • International Development Research Centre (IDRC

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