About the event

The current set of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) overwhelmingly prioritize agriculture as a sector for climate action (both adaptation and mitigation). These priorities are likely to be reflected in the second set of NDCs submitted ahead of COP26.

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Chile, holding the Presidency for COP25, has highlighted the role of science in informing climate action, under the theme "time for action." This provides an excellent basis to showcase science-based solutions to enhance ambition for climate action in agriculture.


Drawing on the latest scientific findings from the "Transforming Food Systems Under a Changing Climate" initiative, the event aims to provide science-based solutions to catalyze a transformation across food systems in Latin America, thereby enabling countries to enhance their ambition for adaptation and mitigation.


TimeDescriptionDetails and speaker(s)

Welcome and introduction of speakers

Juan Lucas RestrepoDirector General, Bioversity International


Opening Keynote: Climate change impacts on Latin American Food Systems

Francisco Meza, Lead author of the SCRCL and WG2 AR6, Universidad de Chile 


Opening keynote: Food Transformation XI: Opportunities to transform Latin American Food Systems

Deissy Martínez BarónRegional Coordinator for Latin America, CCAFS


Panel discussion: Transforming food systems in Latin America

Moderator: Juan Lucas RestrepoDirector General, Bioversity International


Walter Oyhantcabal, UNFCCC Agriculture Negotiator, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of Uruguay

Javier Aliaga, Climate Change Coordinator, Latin American and Caribbean Network of Fair Trade Small Producers and Workers (CLAC) 

Ana Cristina Quirós, Vice-minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Costa Rica (TBC)

Margarita Astrálaga, Director, Environment, Climate, Gender and Social Inclusion Division, IFAD (TBC)


Moderated Q&A with audience 


Final remarks and wrap up

Juan Lucas Restrepo, Director General, Bioversity International



If you missed the event you can view the webcast here.


From the Transforming Food Systems Under a Changing Climate initiative: 

This event page provides details for one of the events that CCAFS will be co-hosting with partners during COP25 (2–13 December, 2019). To see other events that CCAFS is co-hosting or participating in, please click here.