Global Landscapes Forum 2015

In Paris, the Forum will bring together 2,500 stakeholders from across sectors, including forestry, agriculture, water, energy, law and finance. Photo: Global Landscapes Forum
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Palais des Congrès de Paris

The year 2015 constitutes a major landmark for climate and development policy as countries are set to agree on climate action beyond 2020.

As world leaders convene in 2015 to agree on Sustainable Development Goals and a new climate deal, the Forum will leverage this historic opportunity to shape the world’s development agenda for decades to come. Over the past two years, the Global Landscapes Forum has evolved into the world’s leading platform for discussing land-use issues. In Paris, the Forum will bring together 2,500 stakeholders from across sectors, including forestry, agriculture, water, energy, law and finance.

Side event: 6 December 2015, 09:00 - 13:15

From farmer’s fields to landscapes. Food security in a new climate regime?

Food Security in a new climate regime

Investing in agriculture is critical if we want to reduce poverty, address climate change, and tackle hunger.  A climate change agreement in Paris is not likely to explicitly address agriculture – but countries are leading the way, by including action on agriculture in their Intended Nationally Determined Commitments (INDCs). 

Will these pledges be enough to deliver food security for billions of people and reduce agriculture’s climate change footprint? What further actions, commitments and finance are needed to safeguard the future of food and farming?

The side event will consist of three interrelated sessions on ensuring food security under climate change through policies, integrated land use, new technologies and practices, and empowering women and youth.


09:00 - 09:10 Opening remarks by Peter Holmgren, Director General, CIFOR & Marion Guillou, President, Agreenium and CGIAR Consortium Board Member

09:10 - 09:30 Opening presentation: "Transformational change towards Climate Compatible Agriculture: Can INDCs lead the way?" by Sam Bickersteth, CEO, Climate and Development Knowledge Network

The opening presentation will discuss the INDCs and how they include agriculture, food security and land use, and if there is a link to the SDG agenda. It will ask the question of whether we need provision for food security under a new climate regime, or If that is a gap in the INDCs. 

09:30 - 10:30 Panel discussion: "The INDCs and how they address food security, agriculture and land use?" 


  • Sunny Verghese, CEO, Olam

  • Theo de Jager, President, PAFO

  • Ana Paula Tavares, President, Rainforest Alliance

  • Martin Frick, Director of Climate, Energy and Tenure Division (NRC), UNFAO.

10:30 - 11:30 Coffee break

11:30 - 12:15 High Level Panel: "Commitments to food security in a climate-constrained world"

A bold climate agreement in Paris will launch a new era for building food security. In this session, various approaches to tackling food insecurity will be highlighted, from new initiatives in Research for Development to ambitious targets for the agricultural sector to inspiring land and seascape management proposals. 


  • Frank Rijsberman, CEO, CGIAR Consortium

  • Timothy Groser, Minister of Trade, New Zealand

  • Thomas Esang Remengesau, Jr, President of Palau

  • John A. Bryant, CEO, The Kellogg Company

  • Dr Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility (GEF)

12:15 - 13:00 Panel discussionGender, youth, the INDCs, and food security 

The panel will follow from the morning’s discussions on the implications for food security, agriculture and land use in relation to the INDCs and discuss the implications for gender and social inclusion.


  • Ms Sithembile Ndema Mwamakamba, FANRPAN

  • Philippe Leveque, Executive Director, CARE France

  • Giovanna Valverde, Climate Change office, Ministry of Foreign Relations, Costa Rica

  • Sophia Huyer, Gender and Social Inclusion Research Leader, CCAFS

13:00 - 13:15 Closing remarks by Michael Hailu, Director, Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA)

Moderator: Elwyn Grainger-Jones, Director, Policy and Operations, Global Environment Facility (GEF)

Co-hosted by

The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS); the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), and the Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), Pricewaterhouse Cooper (PwC).

Side event: 6 December 2015, 11:00-17:25

Gender Perspectives on Climate Change. Sessions on gender-responsive climate change mitigation and adaptation

For more information, and to register visit the official GLF website

View the full list of CCAFS events at COP21 in Paris.