Platform’s engagement in climate alliances
Alliances and networks are being built in Africa (continental Africa through NEPAD, East Africa and West Africa Climate-smart alliances through Regional Economic Communities), in Asia (ASEAN Climate Resilience Network) and Latin America (the work of IICA). The Global Alliance on Climate-smart Agriculture (GACSA) has created three action groups (knowledge, investments and enabling) and offers engagement of governments, institutions, NGOs and the private sector.
The NDC Partnership
The Thematic Working Group on Agriculture, Food Security and Land Use
The Global Donor Platform for Rural Development actively engages in the Thematic Working Group on Agriculture, Food Security and Land-use of the NDC Partnership. The aim is to facilitate a peer to peer network for countries and international organisations to exchange knowledge, experience and needs related to the impacts of climate change and the challenges to the agriculture sectors. The 2nd Meeting of the Thematic Working Group on Agriculture, Food Security and Land Use of the NDC Partnership was held earlier this year at FAO. The activities of the Thematic Working Group are supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and are part of a project on enhanced capacity building for Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) implementation.
The Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC), as offered by all country Parties of FCCC to seal the Paris Agreement, are very ambitious when it comes to agriculture. Adaptation of the agricultural sector to climate variability is certainly the priority of many developing countries, but mitigation of climate relevant emissions by land-use is a much more complicated undertaking. The FAO summary "The agricultural sectors in nationally determined contributions (NDCs). Priority areas for international support" shows that most developing countries see a great potential in mitigating climate effects by sustainable land-use of agriculture and forestry.
African Climate-Smart Agriculture Alliance
Africa prepares to face the challenge of climate change in agricultural sector
The NEPAD Agency launched an alliance of diverse partners to reach six million farming families through Climate-Smart Agriculture processes over the next seven years. Known as the Africa Climate-Smart Agriculture Alliance, the group aims to contribute to helping 25 million farmers become more resilient and food secure by 2025. The Alliance unites the public sector with research and civil society organisations to scale up on-farm assistance, link to technological advances and support a favourable policy environment. This cross-sector collaboration is designed to achieve transformational impact; farmers, communities and systems for lasting change. Convened by NEPAD via its Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Program (CAADP), the Alliance will align international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) and research activities with existing agricultural investment plans, increasing coherence and coordination for greater impact.
About NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency
The NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) is a technical body and development vehicle of the African Union (AU). The NPCA is responsible for the implementation of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), a strategic framework for pan-African socioeconomic development. In order to address critical challenges facing the continent, the NPCA facilitates and coordinates development programmes and projects, pushing for partnerships, resource mobilisation, research and knowledge management.
Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture
Launch of the GACSA
The alliance was launched during the Climate Summit of the UN Secretary General on 23 September 2014 during the session on agriculture. Even before that an investment action group within the Alliance was created and met to discuss future strategies. At the meeting in London, the private sector partners informed about their ongoing work with regard to CSA: Willis Re had its first pay-out in an index-linked agricultural insurance programme, Caisse des Dépôts (CDC) is successfully working together with national banks and local NGOs. AgDevCo reported on high management costs due to small size deals and technical complexity. Practicing partners, such as the UNEP Finance Initiative, CIFOR or the WRI, stressed the importance of getting the right language to engage the private sector to invest.
Investments in climate-smart agriculture
Adapting to long-term stresses caused by climate risks, climate smart agriculture (CSA) is frequently discussed technically. Still, the necessary investments are insufficient to date and new and innovative financial sources are not yet fully known or tapped into. Knowledge exchange and joint actions of public and private actors are the answer to current shortcomings in finding financial solutions. Even at first glance unusual coalitions can create very effective synergies. By investing 40% of a $2 billion USD fund, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supports for instance agricultural investments of the Islamic Development Bank.
Climate-Smart Agriculture on FAO's Website
FAO has created a climate-smart dedicated website, where you can learn more about the concept and the CSA related activities.