A series of side events at COP23 for setting an agenda for transforming agricultural development in the face of climate change
Both part of the cause of climate change, but also part of the solution, agriculture is central to any debate on global warming and extreme weather events. The interactions between the agricultural sector and climate change have undeniable implications for both global food security and our environment. Despite this global significance, and perhaps due to the complexity of the subject, there has been little progress to date on agriculture in the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process. Although COP17 in Durban made issues relating to agriculture in an agenda item under the UNFCCC’s Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), the process has failed to conclude and determine concrete next steps. However, the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) under the Paris Agreement overwhelmingly prioritise the sector for climate action. 119 countries include agricultural mitigation in their INDCs, and of the 138 countries that include adaptation, almost all (127) include agriculture as a priority (Richards et al. 2016). Agriculture is also key to achieving Sustainable Development Goals set by countries.
“Agriculture Advantage: The case for climate action in agriculture” was an initiative and collaboration effort between different organizations with the same mission to transform agricultural development in the face of climate change. The event aimed to articulate the different dimensions of climate actions in the agricultural sector.
Specific objectives were:
- Setting an agenda for transforming agricultural development in the face of climate change
- Creating a collective case for investment in climate actions in agriculture
- Charting a path for bringing expanded partnerships to scale up climate actions in agriculture
This initiative linked multiple side events that will be held during the 2 weeks of COP23 into a single theme, which had the effect of a day-long conference, but spread out over multiple days.
Schedule of events
Click on the below boxes to learn more about the events
Read report back on the CCAFS blog: Setting a vision for agricultural transformation under climate change
Read report back on the CCAFS blog: Gender-responsive adaptation in smallholder agriculture: challenges and opportunities
Read the report back on the CCAFS blog: Realizing sustainable land and water management in farming under climate change
Read the report back on the CCAFS blog: Bringing science into policymaking around agriculture and climate change
- Why the next Tesla should take on agriculture on Thomson Reuters Foundation by Bruce Campbell, CCAFS. Reposted by Zilient and Eco-Business.
- Let’s make the case for agriculture undeniable at the UN climate talks on The Huffington Post by Anette Friis, CCAFS
- Opinion: To tackle climate change, we need to invest in smallholder farmers on Devex by Margarita Astralaga, IFAD
- How to Ensure Farming is More Than Just a Footnote in Climate Talks on IPS News by Olga Speckhardt, SFSA
You can also view the video recordings from the side events on the CCAFS youtube channel.