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CTA at COP21

November 3, 2015

Building on its recently-granted status under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), CTA is co-organising two key side events at the climate summit, COP21, in Paris in December 2015.

From Farmers' Fields to Landscapes: Food security in a new climate regime

On 6 December, CTA, together with long-term partner CCAFS (CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security), the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CKDN) and the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), is organising a side event entitled 'From Farmers' Fields to Landscapes.' Moderated by CTA's Director, Michael Hailu, the session will bring together government ministers, policy-makers, negotiators, donors, civil society and researchers to review how countries' 'Intended Nationally Determined Contributions' (INDCs) address food security, agriculture and land use issues and to highlight what other action is needed to address these issues under a changing climate.

Three sessions will focus on:

• the INDCs and how they address food security, agriculture and land use
• commitments to food security in a climate-constrained world
• gender, youth, the INDCs and food security.

The list of people invited to participate reads like a 'who's who' of those who can influence the agricultural development agenda and its response to climate change, including Thomas Esang Remengesau, Jr, President of Palau; Akinwumi Adesina, President, African Development Bank; Gabriel Lopez Vallejo, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Colombia; Tim Groser, Minister of Climate Change Issues, New Zealand; Sharon Dijksma, Minister of Agriculture, The Netherlands; Grant Shapps, Minister of State at the Department for International Development, UK; and Dr Cao Duc Phat, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam. Representatives of civil society include John A. Kufuor, The John A. Kufuor Foundation (former President of Ghana), Theo de Jager, President, Pan-African Farmers' Organization (PAFO); Ana Paula Tavares, President, Rainforest Alliance; Ms Sithembile Mwamakamba Ndema, FANRPAN; and Kit Vaughan, Director of Poverty, Environment, & Climate Change Network, CARE International. And the private sector will be well represented, with invitees including Sunny Verghese, CEO, Olam; and John A. Bryant, CEO, Kellogg's.

Scaling Up Innovative Approaches to Climate-smart Agriculture in Africa

On 4 December, CTA and CCAFS are co-organising a technical event on 'Scaling Up Innovative Approaches to Climate-smart Agriculture in Africa.' After years of neglect, many countries have included agriculture in their INDCs and hence need climate-smart agricultural practices that will help them achieve these goals. CTA and CCAFS have produced several publications on successful approaches to climate-smart agriculture in recent years, including Climate Smart Agriculture – Success Stories from Farming Communities around the World and Evidence of Impact: Climate-smart Agriculture in Africa.

This session, which will be held in the Africa Pavilion, will bring together experts in climate-smart agriculture from around the globe to present and review success stories in climate-smart agricultural interventions that have successfully gone to scale and to learn lessons about what contributes to widespread adoption of these vital tools in the fight against climate change.
Key questions that the participants will address include:

  • What agricultural options can be scaled to meet the targets in INDCs?
  • What partnerships models do we need to scale-up climate-smart solutions?
  • What are the key challenges that need to be addressed in going to scale?
  • What are the gaps in knowledge of going to scale?

Confirmed presenters include Aïda Ndong, Director, Senegal Meteorological Services; Delali Kofi, Director, Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Ghana; Gargule Achiba, Researcher, University of Berne, Switzerland; Professor Idowu Oladele, North West University, South Africa; and Roberto Ridolfi, Director, Sustainable Growth and Development, Directorate Development and Cooperation, European Commission. The panel session will be moderated by CTA Director Michael Hailu.

Presentations and discussions will be captured in the form of a booklet outlining lessons for going to scale with climate-smart agricultural practices and a policy brief on key steps towards scaling up climate-smart agriculture as part of INDC implementation.

Further information

Visit the special webpage on CTA and partners' participation at COP21.

For further information, contact Dr Olu Ajayi, Senior Programme Coordinator, Agricultural and Rural Development Policy (


Download Climate solutions that work for farmers (CTA, 2015).
Download the special edition of the Spore magazine Global warming: Doing business in a time of climate change (CTA, 2015).
Download Climate Smart Agriculture – Success Stories from Farming Communities around the World (CTA and CCAFS, 2013).
Download Evidence of Impact: Climate-smart Agriculture in Africa. (CTA and CCAFS, 2015).
Access the Guide to UNFCCC Negotiations on Agriculture: Toolkit for Communications and Outreach (CTA, CCAFS and Farming First).

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