Agriculture has a unique place in human development. It will be seriously afftected by climate change. Adapting agriculture is critical to food security and the nutrition of the world’s population. As a major source of greenhouse gases, agriculture also carries substantial potential for mitigation.
In 2009, Platform members and partners worked to enhance understanding of the relation between agriculture, climate change, food security and development. In 2010 they will continue their contribution to the climate change debate.
What is needed in 2010
Text under the common vision for LCA1] explicitly mentions food security and agriculture
A SBSTA work programme on agriculture is agreed
LULUCF inventory of emissions and rules explicitly includes agriculture
REDD+ considers the prospects for including agriculture in a REDD ++ mechanism that recognises agriculture as one of the main drivers of deforestation
Agriculture and food security are part of actions in implementing the Copenhagen Accord
Enhanced understanding of how market and other mechanisms can be used to reduce emissions from agriculture and generate financial flows to developing countries
Mitigation plans are more coherent with adaptation plans and poverty reduction strategies. This is particularly important for agriculture which is often a priority sector in both NAMAs and NAPAsv
Best practice lessons from agriculture programmes that delivered mitigation and adaptation benefits, and secured livelihoods and food security are used to inform global and national policies
The accountability framework for the G8 Aquila process on support for food security more explicitly mentions climate change
Regional and national initiatives, such as CAADP, are supported to integrate climate change into their policies and plans
The new Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases includes activities that will benefit developing countries and complement the work of other international initiatives
The CGIAR develops research programmes on pro-poor adaptation and mitigation in agriculture