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SAVE THE DATE: Agriculture in a Post-Kyoto Terrain

Event organised by
World Farmers’ Organisation
in association with the
World Organisation for Animal Health

Climate Generations Areas, 9 December 2015
11.15 a.m.-12.45 a.m.
Conference room: Salle 10

Paris, 18 November 2015 - The Paris Climate Conference promises to be a milestone in tackling climate change, with the international community having set for itself the ambitious target of reaching a new global accord applicable to all countries that would keep global warming below 2C. As these negotiations proceed, we must ask ourselves, how can agriculture be best positioned in a post-Kyoto regime?

Climate change will have a range of different impacts on the agricultural sector, such as changes in production patterns due to higher temperatures, variation of precipitation patterns, and a potentially increased vulnerability of the farming community. However, the agricultural sector can be part of the solution to climate change due to its vital role in carbon sequestration, including through crops and pasture for livestock.

The ‘Zero Draft’ of the 2015 agreement, released in February, makes explicit reference to the land sector and agriculture. This is a positive development. A 2015 agreement should deploy finance, know-how and capacity building to support ambitious actions by farmers and the agricultural sector in achieving food security through adaptation and mitigation. The Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) by countries could bring agriculture into climate change commitments and activities. Agriculture could also prove central to mitigation (e.g. NAMAs) and adaptation (e.g. NAPAs) measures by all countries.

In this conference, the organizers will ask probing questions as to the future of agriculture under a post-Kyoto regime, arguing that properly positioning agriculture will be central to meeting the planet’s food security, nutritional, and energy needs. It will present climate-smart agriculture as the necessary paradigm change.

Farmers are, without a doubt, part of the solution to climate change and can support governments with their expertise in the implementation of a 2015 agreement.

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