Africa and Agriculture : Towards and the 2015 Global Climate Change Agreement

As negotiations wind down on the 2015 Global Climate Change Agreement aimed at limiting global warming to 2ºC, how African countries want agriculture to be reflected in the final agreements is a concern for some stakeholders. 

This was the topic of a side event titled Advancing readiness to fast-track climate - smart agriculture in Africa organized at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Conference in Bonn, Germany, from June 4th to June 15th 2014.

The event, organized by the East African branch of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), brought together some 64 participants. In the concept notes for the side event, the organizers wrote: 

“There are growing calls from leading agricultural science and policy institutions for ‘climate-smart’ agriculture (CSA) – agriculture that sustainably increases productivity, enhances resilience to climate change, reduces emissions intensity from improvements in production, and enhances achievement of national food security and development goals. Given that 2014 is the Year of Agriculture and Food Security, it is critical for African countries to examine how far they have come in ensuring that they transform agriculture to harness opportunities for inclusive growth and sustainable development.”

Per the organizers, the participants discussed “how to leverage policy, technical and financial support to scale-up the adoption of climate smart agriculture practices in defined farming systems in Africa; and explored the role of science in informing the integration of CSA into national development policies and programmes.”

Download the report of the side event