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Agriculture and Rural Development Day (ARDD) Flyer
17 October 2011

Acknowledgements: FANRPAN acknowledges CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) as the source of this information


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Agriculture possesses huge untapped potential to reduce poverty, bolster food security, adapt to climate change, reduce pressure on natural resources, and in many places lower greenhouse gas emissions. To realize this potential, farmers, fishers, and pastoralists must urgently become "climate smart " especially in the developing world, which will be hit hardest by climate change impacts.

The third annual Agriculture and Rural Development Day will highlight options by which rural people can achieve that end. To be held in parallel with the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), the event aims to inspire both high-level commitment and grassroots action.

Africa is a hotbed of climate-smart innovation, providing the ideal setting for this year's Agriculture and Rural Development Day. Across the continent, rural communities are experimenting with options for achieving climate-change adaptation and mitigation through more sustainable crop production, livestock rearing and management of soils, water, fish, forests, agroforestry species, and other biodiversity.

You can help ensure that such innovations gain momentum - in Africa and elsewhere - by making a journey to Durban. If you can be there in person, register for Agriculture and Rural Development Day at www.agricultureday.org (to be available soon). If not, then use our website to make the journey virtually by commenting on Facebook, Tweeting about Agriculture and Rural Development Day 2011 (#agclimate), and sharing your response to these questions:
  1. What concrete case of climate-smart agriculture do you know of?
  2. What are its benefits for people and the planet?
  3. What policy, institutional, and financial support are needed for scaling it up?
Hosted, sponsored and organized by 17 organizations, Agriculture and Rural Development Day 2011 will feature keynote speakers, a high-level panel discussion, and a dozen participatory "learning events" dealing with specific cases of climate-smart agriculture.

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