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FAO engagement with the Platform’s agriculture and climate change working group provided opportunities for informed exchange of ideas between leading specialists in the field. These exchanges benefited the FAO programme on climate change adaptation and mitigation.
Adapting agricultural practise to climate change is critical to the food security and nutrition of the world’s population. Agriculture is highly exposed to climate change, as farming activities directly depend on climatic conditions. While agriculture contributes to the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, it can also help to provide solutions to the climate problem.
The Platform work stream on climate change and resilience in agriculture seeks to build understanding of the ‘multiple wins’ — including climate change adaptation, mitigation, development and food security — to be attained through sustainable agriculture.
Recognising agriculture as both part of the challenge and the solution, this Platform work stream unites members and partners in order to share knowledge and plan advocacy to ensure sustainable agriculture is appropriately reflected in their organisations’ policies and on international agendas. It also follows international processes such as the UN Conference on Sustainable Development and the annual Conferences of the Parties.
The Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change is an initiative of the CGIAR Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), and is supported by the Platform to produce a clear set of policy recommendations.
The Commission aims to bring together evidence on agriculture’s potential to:
The mandate of the Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change was to develop a set of science-based policy recommendations for achieving food security in the context of climate change and to build awareness and uptake of these recommendations among policy makers, global donors, scientists, practitioners and business people.
The commission has compiled a list of proposed actions specfically targeted at donors and multilateral agencies.
The Commission's Report Achieving Food Security in the Face of Climate Change was presented at the first Platform dialogue in Stockholm, which kindled great interest among the ARD community. CCAFS Commissioner Marion Guillou presented the report, to which Agnes Andersson Djurnefeldt (Lund University) responded with findings from her research and Elywn Grainger-Jones (IFAD) and David Howlett (DFID) presented the climate change initiatives from the perspectives of a multilateral and bilateral institution respectively. In addition to the 45 attendees present in Stockholm, over 300 participants tuned into the event via live webstream — immediately reaching the maximum capacity that had been set for the event. The recording of the presentations and discussion as well as powerpoint slides and a short summary report of the discussion are available here.
The independent Commission, chaired by Sir John Beddington, brings together 13 eminent natural and social scientists representing all regions of the world. Drawing upon the expertise and resources within their own institutions and networks, the Commissioners reviewed and vetted all the Commission’s research and findings. All the Commission’s work is supported by a dedicated secretariat and communications team.
Global objective__ To increase knowledge of and promote ARD's potential to reduce poverty and mitigate climate change
Download the Platform workplan 2013 as pdf
Knowledge sharing (internal)
Increase donor knowledge on climate change and resilience
H1) ASAP donors and IFAD provide information about their contact group
H5) IFAD organises learning event on the nexus of resilience and climate-smart agriculture where Platform members and guests present best practices and lessons learned
H1) Organise information exchange via telephone conferences, interviews, website etc.