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Agricultural GHG mitigation for development

The importance of agriculture for climate protection and achieving the goal of halting global warming at 1.5°C is increasingly recognised. Up to 12% of the greenhouse gas emissions globally come from agriculture. This is only one part of the story. Agriculture is also severely affected by the climate change.

Adaptation and resilience still dominate the global climate discourse when it comes to agriculture and food production. However, in industrialised countries and emerging economies mitigation slowly finds its way into the conversation. At the same time, many mitigation interventions also are adaptation measures (and vice versa).

Mitigation has a large economic potential. It can generate benefits by increasing or stabilising yields, cutting production costs and improving climate risk adjusted returns. Quantifying these benefits makes it more likely for producers to invest in mitigation. More in-depth information is needed in order to prove the business case of mitigation measures at farm level in site-specific contexts.

The private sector is a logical partner in agricultural mitigation. Private actors have a different set of expertise and a network of producers and suppliers that can complement target groups of development cooperation programs and vice versa.

Mitigation strategies cannot be “copy-pasted” from one context into the other, but should be tailored to country’s circumstances. Whenever mitigation interventions are planned and implemented, those with multiple social, environmental and economic benefits have the greatest adoption potential. Relevant examples are included in the full report, which can be found under ther link below.

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