Official side event at the Bonn Climate Change Conference 2018.

30th April 2018, 16:15 - 18:45

World Conference Center Bonn, Kaminzimmer Room


The agriculture sector faces a three-pronged challenge in the context of climate change. Firstly, it must produce more food to feed a growing world population. Secondly, in order to do this, it must overcome negative impacts of climate change on crops, livestock and fisheries. And thirdly, as a significant contributor to greenhouse gases (19-29% of global anthropogenic emissions), it must reduce emissions by 2030 to achieve the global goal of limiting warming to 2oC.


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To meet these challenges, agricultural development must go beyond business-as-usual. But because these challenges make poverty alleviation through agricultural development more difficult, developed and developing countries have long disagreed on priorities for the agriculture sector. It is in spite of this longstanding disagreement that a decision was made at the 23rd UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP) to establish the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture, signaling support on all sides for an agricultural transformation.

To ensure food security, adapt to climate change impacts, and achieve the 2ºC target, a transformation in the agricultural sector is imperative. This event will present a framework for agricultural transformation, building on the work of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and partners at COP23, and examine how countries, farmers, and researchers can contribute to realizing this.

Priorities for an action agenda to transform agriculture under climate change, presented at COP23. 


Tentative agenda


Welcome, side event objectives, introduction to speakers

Matthew Reddy, Director, Climate-Smart Agriculture, WBCSD


Opening keynote: A framework for agricultural transformation under climate change

Ana Maria Loboguerrero Rodriguez, Latin America Regional Program Leader, CCAFS


Panel discussion: Realizing agricultural transformation: opportunities and challenges

Format: ‘Chat show’ with moderator

  • Walter Oyhantcabal, Director, Agriculture and Climate Change Unit, Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture and Fishery, Uruguay
  • Fred Kossam, Head of Climate Change and Research Services, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Management, Malawi
  • Majola Mabuza, Programme Officer, Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU)
  • Zitouni Ould-Dada, Deputy Director Climate and Environment Division - CBC, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


Moderated Q&A with the audience


Final remarks and wrap up

Ana Maria Loboguerrero Rodriguez, Latin America Regional Program Leader, CCAFS



This is an official side event at the 48th Session of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies that will convene in Bonn, Germany, from 30 April to 10 May 2018.

This side event is organized by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), the Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU), and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

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