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Agriculture and climate change 'inextricably linked'

FAO and IFPRI call for agriculture to be included in climate change negotiations (World Bank/Arne Hoel)
FAO and IFPRI call for agriculture to be included in climate change negotiations
World Bank/Arne Hoel

Policy briefs, issued by IFPRI and FAO, have outlined the importance of including agriculture in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change at Copenhagen, in December 2009. Contributing almost a third of total greenhouse gas emissions, agriculture is part of the problem, but through carbon sequestration, soil and land use management, restoration of degraded lands, and biomass production, agriculture can also be part of the solution. At the same time, sustainable farming practices can also make farmers in developing communities more resilient to climate change and even increase agricultural productivity. IFPRI warns that if agriculture is not included in the Copenhagen negotiations, the resulting climate change policies could threaten poor farming communities in developing countries.

At the same time, a report by the Commission on Climate Change and Development (CCCD) calls for new and additional funds to help developing countries adapt. "Adaptation and mitigation both require an improved knowledge network, with much greater investment in generating, disseminating, and exchanging knowledge," according to the report, which calls on the UN to "provide a focal point" for climate change knowledge and offer advice on issues such as water and crop management.

Date published: July 2009

 

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