SB44 side event: Establishing country emission reduction targets in agriculture: What is fair, ambitious & feasible?

Photo: E. van de Grift
(view original)

Event Date and time


Venue: World Conference Centre, Room: Berlin

Side event to the 44th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA).


Of 162 INDCs submitted as of April 28, 2016, 119 included agricultural mitigation but only 9 estimated sector-specific emissions reductions. In this side event, participants will explore “fair and ambitious” country emissions targets for agriculture and learn how countries calculated sub-sectoral mitigation estimates that safeguard food security.


Welcome. Establishing country emission reduction targets in agriculture: What is fair, ambitious & feasible? Moderator: Ana Maria Loboguerrero Rodriguez (CCAFS, CIAT)

Part 1. Setting country mitigation targets for agriculture (35 minutes)

  • Mitigation from agriculture in the INDCs: What are fair targets? Meryl Richards, CCAFS and the University of Vermont
  • Extent of regional/country participation needed in mitigation to meet climate targets and the possibility of enabling exceptions for food insecure countries, Stefan Frank, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
  • Lessons from agricultural commodity supply chain interventions and REDD+, David Burns, National Wildlife Federation
  • Discussion and clarification questions

Part 2. Calculating country mitigation targets in agriculture (50 minutes)

Moderated chat show with:

  • Ms. Selamawit Desta, Environmental Law Expert and Climate Change Negotiator, Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Climate Change, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
  • Ms. Le Hoang Anh, Senior Advisor, Department of Science, Technology and Environment, Socialist Republic of Vietnam
  • Ivan Dario Valencia, Coordinator, Colombian Low Emissions Development Strategy

Part 3. Discussion: Where global and country targets meet

Final remarks: Finding the common ground of fair, ambitious and feasible, and resources, Ana Maria Loboguerrero Rodriguez (CCAFS, CIAT)

The side event is organized by CCAFS in partnership with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). CCAFS participation in this event was made possible from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Please contact Julianna White for more information.

Read more about the conference and see the overview of our events.

Read all coverage from SBSTA on our blog.