The impact of climate change on agriculture brings into stark focus the issue of food security in the context of a growing world population. At the global climate change summit in Paris (COP21), a CTA co-organised event focused on some of the issues related to climate change, agriculture and food security.
Watch CTA's video reports on the two key side events it co-organised at the climate summit, COP21, in Paris in December 2015
At a side event held at the Paris climate change talks, COP21, some concrete examples illustrated what can be achieved when individuals and organisations combat the effects of changing climate patterns and extreme weather events through innovative solutions. Another important side event held two days later, highlighted how countries are leading the way by including action on agriculture in their Intended Nationally Determined Commitments (INDCs). These are commitments that governments were asked to make in the run-up to this month’s crucial COP21 meeting in the French capital.
Many countries engaged in the Paris climate negotiations have included agriculture in their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), giving more prominence to the sector. However, agriculture is not yet a substantial issue for negotiators. At a CTA co-organised event at the global climate conference in Paris, three experts share innovative approaches to climate-smart agriculture in Africa.
For immediate release - Paris, 7 December 2015
As a contributor to climate change, but also as part of the solution, agriculture is central to any debate on global warming. However, a detailed treatment of agriculture has yet to enter the negotiations underway at the Conference of the Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The Paris climate change talks currently under way are unlikely to reach an explicit deal on agriculture. But an important side event has highlighted how countries are leading the way by including action on agriculture in their Intended Nationally Determined Commitments (INDCs). These are commitments that governments were asked to make in the run-up to this month’s crucial COP21 meeting in the French capital.
For immediate release - Paris, 4 December 2015
A side event organised today at the Paris climate summit showcases practical solutions for combating the effects of changing climate patterns and extreme weather events, which affect the productivity, costs and competitiveness of farming. Climate-smart agriculture has strong potential to help farmers adapt to and mitigate climate change. But although small-scale producers in some countries are already reaping the benefits, there is an urgent need to spread information and scale up proven practices to other users and areas.
Watch the animated video created by the Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)
Ahead of the Paris Climate Conference (COP21), a new animated video provides policy-makers with a preview of the Pacific’s future under a changing climate. The scenarios depicted in the video were created by a team of policy-makers, researchers, farmers, and political leaders from the region, who spent three days creating four future scenarios for the Pacific region up to 2030. This workshop was convened by CTA, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, WorldFish and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).
Watch the Pacific Community Director-General's COP21 video message
This video is part of a campaign to raise the profile of Pacific climate change impacts and actions to address them. The campaign also aims to strengthen online presence for the Pacific islands in the lead up to COP21, highlighting that Pacific island people are at the core of the climate change impacts.
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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.
In organising a special session on “Responding to the effects of climate change on the business of farming” on 30 November 2015 in Durban as a preamble of the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA Africa), CTA is positioning itself as a key player in a fight which is intensifying.