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. Parties also set out a road map of work under the KJWA, including six workshops to be held sequentially up until COP 26 (November 2020).

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 KJWA held an in-session workshop at COP 25 on improved nutrient use and manure management towards sustainable and resilient agricultural systems. The workshop helped Parties to advance the consideration of issues as well as identify the key elements and potential modalities for implementation relating to improved nutrient use and manure management towards sustainable and resilient agricultural systems.

The Global Donor Platform facilitates donor 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, 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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The Global Donor Platform is launching the autumn 2019 webinar series

28 Aug 2019

The Global Donor Platform’s autumn 2019 webinar series, to be launched on 10th September, is a series of four webinars that cover a wide range of topics, from rural producer agency and agricultural value chains to climate-smart-agriculture (CSA) and youth network in Africa.


What pathways for farmers in adapting to climate change?

Zurich | Switzerland | 19 June 2019

Representatives from international organisations, donors, private foundations and knowledge institutes met in Zurich to discuss different adaptation pathways that will be needed for different types of farmers amid the pressure to feed a growing world population under rising world temperatures.


3rd Annual Forum of the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture

Bonn | Germany | 15-16 June 2019

The 3rd annual forum of the Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture met in Bonn, Germany from 15-16 June 2019 to take stock of the progress made so far in supporting climate smart agriculture.


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Interview | Estherine Fotabong, Nepad

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Interview | Nathan Russell, CIAT

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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.

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Maurizio Navarra

Secretariat Coordinator