Climate Change & Rural Development [ID: 166]

Climate resilient agriculture

The negative impact of climate change on agriculture and rural development is well documented and its severity is well accepted. The importance of agriculture for climate protection and achieving the goal of halting global warming at 1.5°C is increasingly recognised. Agriculture contributes to the rise of the global greenhouse gas emissions. However, the agricultural sector is also strongly affected by the climate change.

The Paris Agreement of the UNFCCC at COP 21 on climate change action opened new windows of opportunity to address both adaptation and mitigation of climate impacts in the rural space of developing countries. The outcomes of COP 22 in Marrakech brought the operationalisation of the Paris Agreement several steps further. Breakthrough was achieved at COP 23 under the Fijian Presidency: the adoption by the countries of an agreement on agriculture to address climate change and food security. The agreement is the first substantive outcome and COP decision in the history of UNFCCC processes on agriculture after negotiations that lasted more than six years. It establishes the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture (KJWA) to develop and implement new strategies for adaptation and mitigation within the agriculture sector, that will help reduce emissions from the sector as well as build its resilience to the effects of climate change.

At COP 24, the KJWA’s role was clarified as a partnership between the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation, which will focus on addressing approaches to food security, the vulnerability of agriculture to climate change, and how to mitigate agriculture’s contribution to climate change.

The Global Donor Platform facilitates the donor and IFI response to the climate challenge in agriculture and rural development. Many strategic and programmatic issues still need to be clarified and approaches agreed upon with regard to ARD and bilateral finance availability, the GEF and the Climate Finance and Facilities of the World Bank and the regional banks and funds, the Green Climate Fund and private sector investments. IFAD is mainstreaming climate resilience components into their regular lending portfolio, while the grant provisions through IFAD’s Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme continues.

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Latest Climate Change [ID: 36]

2019 G7 Summit in France to Tackle Global Inequality: Agriculture Discussions to Take Place in Development Ministerial Meetings

January 2019

The increased inequality in today’s world will be the central theme to France’s G7 Presidency this year at the G7 Summit, 24-26 August in Biarritz, France. In its strategy, gender equality and climate will be two priorities.


Agriculture and Climate-Smart Approaches Gain Prominence at COP24

Katowice| Poland| 2-14 December 2018

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) in Katowice, Poland continued the work of last year’s COP regarding agriculture’s role in climate change adaptation and mitigation. The conference saw the inauguration of the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture (KJWA) that focuses on addressing approaches to food security, the vulnerability of agriculture to climate change, and how to mitigate agriculture’s contribution to climate change. 


Far More than a Buzz Word: Agroecology is Gaining Momentum on the International Agenda

Rome | Italy | 15 Oct 2018

A transformation of agriculture and food systems has become paramount in the face of the world's rapidly deteriorating natural resources. Can agroecology finally blaze the way for sustainable development that benefits all? Or is it nothing but an overrated buzzword?


Events Climate Change [ID: 168]
5. May
Global | Sunday, 5. May 2019 | Metz, France

G7 Environment Ministerial Meeting

Topic: Fighting inequality by protecting biodiversity and climate


11. May
Global | Saturday, 11. May 2019 | Niigata, Japan

G20 Agriculture Ministers' Meeting


13. May
Global | Monday, 13. May 2019 | Kyoto, Japan

Global Landscape Forum 2019


15. May
Global | Wednesday, 15. May 2019 | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

8th CGIAR System Council Meeting


Interviews Climate Change [ID: 215]


“Many farmers have phones, we can use them to bring information that can help them in their farming activities and to address the issues of climate change.”

Interview | Estherine Fotabong, Nepad

“It is critical that we look at the relationship between gender and climate change, but particularly women and climate change in the context of Africa.”

Interview | Nathan Russell, CIAT

“It is so general, it sounds so trivial. Now I think I am starting to get it and I am finding myself more and more convinced that this is a viable approach.”

Publications Headline [ID: 216]
Publications Climate Change [ID: 217]


FAO has released two reports that analyse the connection between climate change and agriculture - focusing on weather disasters as a cause of food insecurity and analysing the role of agriculture in mitigation and adaptation to climate change.


What mitigation options are there in the agricultural sector, and how to apply them in development cooperation? A study commissioned by GIZ and updated by UNIQUE provides an overview of the latest scientific debate and gives examples.


To promote awareness and share knowledge on conservation and the sustainable use of agrobiodiversity, GIZ, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, has published this series of seven agrobiodiversity factsheets.

Downloads Climate Change [ID: 218]
Contacts Climate Change [ID: 219]

Contact | Secretariat

Laura Barrington

Policy Advisor

Contact | Member

Oriane Barthélemy

Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs France

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