An overview of CCAFS activities at the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP22) in Marrakech, Morocco.


Key materials:

Options for agriculture at Marrakech climate talks

Measures for climate change adaptation in agriculture

Climate change adaptation in agriculture: practices and technologies

The Paris Climate Agreement: what it means for food and farming

Metrics to measure progress towards climate-smart agriculture (CSA) goals

The Economic Advantage: Assessing the value of climate-change actions in agriculture


COP22 will take over the reins from COP21 during which important progress was made. It will focus on action items in order to achieve the priorities of The Paris Agreement, especially related to adaptation, transparency, technology transfer, mitigation, capacity building and loss and damages.

Overview of CCAFS activities:

7 November 2016, 16:45-18:15, Mediterranean room (Blue zone): Improving MRV for agricultural emission reductions in the livestock sector

To accelerate implementation of the Paris Agreement, we will facilitate a science-policy dialogue on measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) to detect mitigation impacts in livestock production systems. Country experiences will be shared to identify practical innovations for the collection and coordination of activity data and improved emission factors.

Organizers: CCAFS and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Livestock Research Group of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA).

Report back: Improving reporting for agricultural emission reductions in the livestock sector (CCAFS blog)

8 November 2016, 10:30-12:30, Blue zone: Adaptation au changement climatique de l’agriculture au Maghreb

Cet évènement offrira une visibilité internationale au projet "Adaptation de l’agriculture au changement climatique au Maghreb" (ACCAGRIMAG) et s’interessera aux bénéfices et défis de la mise en place de dispositifs de gestion du risque climatique en agriculture, avec un focus sur le lien entre adaptation et assurance.

Organizers: Agence pour le Developpement Agricole (ADA), Ministère de l’Agriculture du Maroc

9 November 2016, 15:00-16:30, Salle 7 (Green zone): Building women's resilience to climate change: Lessons from smallholder farmers

The side event will feature lessons learned after three years of Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP) operation and present the recommendations generated on how to strengthen gender equality and women’s empowerment in agriculture adaptation programmes.

Organizers: CCAFS, CARE, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

This event is part of Farmers' Day

Report back: Building African women's resilience for a changing climate (CCAFS blog)

9 November 2016, 14:30-16:00, EU Pavilion (Blue zone): Enhancing resilience of Southeast Asian agriculture to climate change

In the context of the ASEAN member states efforts to prioritize climate actions in the agriculture sector, this side event will highlight challenges related to climate change faced by South East Asian countries, and showcase actions at the regional and national level to respond to challenges.

Organizer: ASEAN Climate Resilience Network

9 November 2016, 18:30-20:00, Pacific room (Blue zone): Economic advantage of agriculture in NDCs

This side event will present new financial evidence and analysis including likely returns on investment to women and men smallholder farmers. Panellists from Africa and Asia will provide numbers and insights from current country-level investments in adaptation and mitigation in agriculture.

Organizers: the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), CGIAR Consortium, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

10 November 2016, 14:00-17:30, Japan Pavilion: International Agricultural Research Cooperation for Climate Change

This side event will provide an opportunity for all participants to follow the existing initiatives, in particular, GRA, GACSA, 4/1000 Initiative, and GSP in a concerted manner and will act as a “catalyst” for facilitating the development of these initiatives, further.

Organizer: Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), Japan

10 November 2016, 14:00-16:00, Thai Pavilion: Collaborations on agriculture climate insurance in Southeast Asia

Dr James Hansen, CCAFS Flagship leader on Climate-risk management, will give a presentation on Agricultural climate insurance as a tool to address climate change impacts.

Organizers: Office of Agricultural Economics (Thailand), Department of Agriculture (Thailand), ASEAN Climate Resilience Network, CCAFS

11 November 2016, 14:00-16:00, Thai Pavilion: Common challenges, common solutions: Collective actions to enhance resilience of South East Asian agriculture

This side event will: (i) articulate regional and national priorities for climate action in the agricultural sector, (ii) showcase regional and national level actions to address priorities, including through South-South cooperation mechanisms, and (iii) develop partnerships with relevant organizations and networks to further scale out climate actions in the region.

Organizer: ASEAN Climate Resilience Network

12 November 2016, 15:00-16:30, Italian Pavilion (Blue zone): Investment opportunities for scaling up climate-smart agriculture

The side event will bring together leading experts from various sectors including international organizations, financial institutions as well as government and research to discuss investment opportunities for CSA in the future, building on lessons learned from current success stories.

Organizer: Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture

13 November 2016, 10:00-18:00, Palais des Congrès de Marrakech: Adaptation of African Agriculture

The conference will provide a platform for national governments, local practitioners, farmer organisations and civil society to present, reflect upon experiences, and share success stories and approaches to enhance food security, resilience and productivity in the agricultural systems. It will provide an opportunity to inform the Adaptation of African Agriculture (AAA) initiative, which aims to transform agriculture in Africa.

Organizers: CCAFS, Government of Morocco, National Institute for of Agricultural Research (INRA-Morocco). Sponsoring partners: International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), International Fertilizer Association (IFA), Groupe Crédit Agricole du MarocCTA - Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Co-operation ACP-EU.

14 November 2016, 10:00-17:30, OCP Group Pavilion (Green zone): Food security and climate change: How to build sustainable and resilient food systems?

The first session of the conference will be moderated by Sonja Vermeulen, Head of Research at CCAFS.

Organizer: Office Chérifien des Phosphates (OCP)

14-16 November 2016, Bab Ighli (Blue zone): COP22 Low-Emissions Solutions Conference

The conference will convene the key players for delivering coordinated solutions to emissions reduction - cities, business, academics and government – as all stakeholders must work together to help solve the climate challenge.

16 November 2016, 14:30-15:45: Mitigation and climate-smart agriculture

This session is moderated by Sonja Vermeulen, Head of Research at CCAFS.

The session will discuss practical solutions for climate-smart agriculture as a response to challenges as diverse as deforestation, soil and nutrient management, food loss and waste, and the protection of smallholder farmers.

Organizers: Government of Morocco, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, ICLEI

15 November 2016, 10:00-11:30, Africa Pavilion (Blue zone): Youth engagement in climate-smart agriculture in Africa

The side event will discuss youth engagement in climate-smart agriculture (CSA) and the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.

Organizers: CCAFS, Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN), CLIMDEV-Africa Youth Platform (ACLYP)

Report back: From food to money in the pocket: Engaging African youth in climate-smart agriculture (CCAFS blog)

16 November 2016, Kenzi Club Agdal Medina, Marrakesh: Global Landscapes Forum

The 2016 Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) will be the leading platform for sustainable land use, alongside UNFCCC COP22, featuring more than 30 interactive sessions and exhibitions to present the latest science, launch new initiatives and pitch innovative ideas for climate action around sustainable land use.

16 November 2016, 11:00-12:30: Unexplored big wins for climate change through landscape restoration

The purpose of this session is to highlight undervalued approaches to mitigate impacts of climate change and then invite different perspectives as to how they can be scaled or more widely utilized.

Organizers: International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE)

17 November 2016, 08:30-18:00, Hotel Es Saadi: 4 per 1000

Lini Wollenberg, Low Emissions Agriculture Flagship Leader at CCAFS, will present at the plenary meeting.

17 November 2016, 09:00 - 10:30, Room Loukkos (Green Zone):  Farmers of the future

A sustainable agricultural sector, with a sustainable production and consumption, requires young people engagement: it is time to start considering a youth-centered approach, giving youth the possibility to be agropreneurs. These and additional issues will be discussed during the side event that will feature the intervention from the different stakeholders working in the farming sector.

Organizers: World Farmers Organisation, CSA Youth Network Partners, IFA 

17 November 2016, 14:15-15:45, Nordic Pavilion (Blue zone): Agriculture initiatives and COP22

The event will present interim results from a study assessing the most promising agriculture and climate change initiatives that could be further developed for  climate action in the agriculture sector, and replicated in other regions of the world.

Organizer: Nordic Council

Report back: Partnering with the North for global agricultural progress (CCAFS blog)