Engagement in Climate Alliances [ID: 214]

The Platform’s Engagement in Climate Alliances

Alliances and networks are being built through the support of multilateral and regional organisations, for example, the FAO and 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)

Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture (GACSA)

Launch

GACSA was launched on the 23rd of September 2014 during the UN Secretary-General Climate Summit in New York. GACSA is a voluntary association whose members are interested in the nexus of food security, nutrition, and climate change, supporting the adoption and implementation of climate-smart agriculture (CSA), and providing regular updates on progress toward their individual and collective aspirations.

GACSA's aim is to share and disseminate information and provide access to expertise. It also helps to create transformational partnerships and create the mechanisms for knowledge sharing. GACSA brings stakeholders together into three action groups, Knowledge, Investment, and Enabling Environments, to discuss and promote climate smart agriculture and food systems in an integrated manner aligned with local, national and regional priorities. The action groups offer a forum for governments, institutions, NGOs, and the private sector to address knowledge gaps and provide services to enable members to engage in CSA up-scaling actions and interventions.

Representatives from farmer organizations, NGOs, CSOs, governments, research institutions, and other organizations committed to CSA from all continents met at the GACSA third annual forum in Bonn, Germany from 15-16 July. Over the two day event, a new GACSA Co-Chair, Hans Hoogeveen, Ambasador, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the FAO, was elected, panellists highlighted challenges and best practices of implementing CSA in different regions, and GACSA members strategized on how to implement their Strategic Plan 2018-2022 (see link below for full coverage).

The NDC Partnership

The Thematic Working Group on Agriculture, Food Security and Land Use

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 Thematic Working Group on Agriculture, Food Security and Land Use of the NDC Partnership met for the third time in Rome at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The three-day TWG meeting brought together relevant stakeholders of NDC-P member countries that engage in and are interested in the TWG to take stock of the group’s progress and to strengthen their planning and implementing capacities for appropriate climate action in agriculture sectors. The meeting also featured peer-to-peer networking and knowledge exchange, and concluded with members creating a work plan and timeline for 2019-2020 in line with international climate action agendas (see link below for more details).

The NDCs are quite 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 paper "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 New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) is a strategic framework for pan-African socioeconomic development. It launched an alliance of diverse partners to reach six million farming families through Climate-Smart Agriculture processes until 2022. 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 by supporting 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 NEPAD. 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.

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Manuel Urrutia

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