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Getting agriculture onto the UN climate change agenda

The global agriculture community has made significant advances in developing policies that support sustainable agriculture (© Neil Palmer (CIAT))
The global agriculture community has made significant advances in developing policies that support sustainable agriculture
© Neil Palmer (CIAT)

The Farming First coalition has submitted its views to the UN's Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on what the focus and activities of a work programme for agriculture should be. Over recent years, the global agriculture community has made significant advances in developing policies that support sustainable agriculture. At the latest UN climate talks in Durban the UNFCCC agreed to consider the adoption of a work plan to support research on climate change mitigation and adaptation science and policy in agriculture, as well as country level readiness and capacity planning.

The UNFCCC requested the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) to conduct a review at its 36th session in May 2012 on how these agriculture-related issues might be prioritised. Following this decision, Farming First has highlighted the need to identify existing scientific knowledge on various issues related to agriculture and climate change to ensure that knowledge is shared and fed into the UNFCCC process, including the Green Climate Fund and the Clean Development Mechanism.

Possible areas for additional research suggested by Farming First include work to measure, account for and understand greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture; to identify strategies to tackle climate extremes in the agricultural sector and reduce vulnerability to climate change; and to investigate areas where climate impacts are not well understood, such as impacts on pests and diseases affecting crop and livestock production.

To feed the world by 2050, it is estimated that agricultural production must increase by 70 per cent to feed a predicted global population of 9 billion people. Meanwhile, more frequent and extreme weather patterns are affecting food supply as climate change compromises farmers' ability to produce enough food. Preserving and enhancing food security requires agricultural production systems to change and become more resilient to climate variability.

* Farming First is a global coalition of organisations that seeks to articulate, endorse and promote practical activities to further sustainable agricultural development.

Date published: April 2012

 

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