Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN
Dear Dyamdek and Martial, Thanks for bringing the topic of resilience towards climate change in agriculture up, and defining it. You can have a look at interesting presentations on the topic on this page: FAO/OECD Workshop: Building Resilience for Adaptation to Climate Change in the Agriculture Sector http://bit.ly/1wNUovN ODI has also published interesting articles on the topic, you may want to have a look at. http://www.odi.org/programmes/
climate-environment/ adaptation-resilience Sometimes people seem to wonder how resilience and capacity to adapt to changing climate are related. What would be your take on that? Best, Maria Facilitator
I am really interested on this programme. I am country focal point of CSA Alliance and Independent Ezpert to UNFCCC, an Article 6 focal point for my
organisation too. Please see more in www.unfccc.int in focal point and JI
list. I want to involve in your programme. Let me know an update or relating with
PROJECTS – Let’s Get Growing
Online consultation for developing the Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management
We are happy to invite you to an open online consultation on the ‘Zero draft’ of the Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management (VGSSM), which have just been released.Eduardo Mansur, Director of the Land and Water Division in FAO, invites all those interested in soils to comment directly in the Global forum or to send track changes on the Zero Draft directly. This online consultation invites you to address the following questions:
- Does the zero draft sufficiently outline a way to achieve sustainable soil management worldwide?
- Have all the key technical elements to achieve sustainable soil management been included in the guidelines?
- Do the guidelines take into account the great variety of ecosystem services provided by soils?
- Will the results of the guidelines, once implemented be sufficient enough to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?
- Do the guidelines identify activities that should be avoided to achieve multiple benefits through sustainable soil management?
This online consultation is organised by the Global Soil Partnership and is hosted on FAO’s Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN Forum), with the aim to seek your feedback on the questions presented below.
On the webpage you will find further resources and links.
Looking forward to a lively exchange,
The FSN Forum team
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Pro-Poor Resource Governance: new versions (Summary Report, Spanish and French)
A couple of months ago, we shared our study “Pro-Poor Resource Governance under Changing Climates” – a publication by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and civil society organization from six countries – Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Ecuador, and India.
Today we are very happy to announce the launching of new versions of this study:
A SUMMARY REPORT of the book aimed at policy-makers and practitioners
Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)
Enroll for Climate-smart agriculture in the field learning event for October http://bit.ly/join_c
sa_field-work – #NRC-CC-MITIGATION
FAO would like to invite you to join our online event
“Climate-smart agriculture in the field – planning, implementation and upscaling”.
The event will build upon two webinars and take place in October 2015. You can enroll now through:
The content of the event is especially targeted to agriculture and climate change practitioners working on climate-smart agriculture (CSA) in a field setting.
The event is organized by FAO’s Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture – MICCA Programme.
The aim of the 3-week event is to:
1) Support the exchange of experiences between practitioners working on CSA field projects and programmes;
2) Increase knowledge on CSA planning and implementing at field and landscape levels; and
3) Provide guidance on up-scaling and linkages between research, practice and policy for CSA planning and decision making.
More information about the event:
Once enrolled, participants will receive further information and details via email.
We look forward to seeing you online!
On behalf of the organizing team,
Maria Nuutinen & Janie Rioux
Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture – MICCA Programme
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Tel: +39 06 570 53284
PS. Thanks for spreading this invitation via email and social media:
Date and time: Wednesday 13 May 2015 – 3:00pm CEST (Register for the webinar)Presented by CTCN Consortium Partner, the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), this webinar will explain current and expected impacts of climate change on agriculture and the need to adapt for agriculture to adapt to weather extremes and slow-onset climatic changes. Through case studies, participants will learn about:
· the concept of climate-smart agriculture
· links between adaptation, food security and mitigation The webinar will be followed by 30 minutes of questions and answers between participants and the presenter.Presenter: Henry Neufeldt is Head of the Climate Change Unit at ICRAF in Nairobi, Kenya. He holds degrees in environmental sciences and soil science from Bayreuth University (Germany) and has worked for many years in natural resource management, soil and water salinisation, agricultural development and climate change adaptation and mitigation.With kind regards,
Karina LarsenKarina Larsen / Knowledge & Communications Manager
Climate Technology Centre & Network (CTCN)
UN City, Marmorvej 51, 2100 Copenhagen, DenmarkEmail: K.email@example.com
Declaration of the International Agroecology Forum, Mali
Cell: + 1-(734) 352 7429
UNFAO Webinar on #NAMAs in #agriculture starts at 13:45 Rome time (UTC+2) at: http://bit.ly/nama-in-ag-webinars – #NRC-CC-MITIGATION
UNFAO Webinar on #NAMAs in #agriculture is starting in at 13:45 Rome time (UTC+2) at: http://bit.ly/nama-in-ag-webinars
- Welcome to join us!
For more information and recordings of the webinar:
On behalf of organizers,
Climate change officer – Mitigation of climate change in agriculture (MICCA) team, FAO
TWN Climate Info: Corporate-Smart Greenwash: Why We Reject the Global Alliance on Climate-Smart Agriculture
TWN Info Service on Climate Change (Sept14/03)
24 September 2014
Third World Network
Why we reject the Global Alliance on Climate-Smart Agriculture
We, the undersigned civil society organisations, hereby manifest our rejection of the proposed Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture to be launched at the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Change Leaders’ Summit. This proposed alliance is a deceptive and deeply contradictory initiative.
Food producers and providers – farmers, fisherfolk, and pastoralists – together with our food systems are on the front lines of climate change. We know that urgent action must be taken to cool the planet, to help farming systems – and particularly small-scale farmers – adapt to a changing climate, and to revive and reclaim the agroecological systems on which future sustainable food production depends.
The Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture, however, will not deliver the solutions that we so urgently need. Instead, “climate-smart” agriculture provides a dangerous platform for corporations to implement the very activities we oppose. By endorsing the activities of the planet’s worst climate offenders in agribusiness and industrial agriculture, the Alliance will undermine the very objectives that it claims to aim for.
Although some organizations have constructively engaged in good faith for several months with the Alliance to express serious concerns, the concerns have been ignored. Instead, the Alliance is clearly being structured to serve big business interests, not to address the climate crisis.
We reject “climate-smart” agriculture and the Global Alliance for a number of reasons already articulated in previous efforts to interface with the promoters, including:
1. No environmental or social criteria
The final framework of the Alliance does not contain any criteria or definitions for what can – or cannot – be considered “climate-smart agriculture.” Industrial approaches that increase greenhouse gas emissions and farmers’ vulnerability by driving deforestation, using genetically modified (GM) seeds, increasing synthetic fertiliser use or intensifying industrial livestock production, are all apparently welcome to use the “climate-smart” label to promote their practices as solutions to climate change.
2. Carbon trading
The originators of “climate-smart” agriculture – the FAO and the World Bank – have a vision that “climate-smart” projects will be funded in part by carbon offset schemes. Many of our groups question the environmental and social integrity of carbon offsetting. Carbon sequestration in soils is not permanent and is easily reversible, and should be especially excluded from schemes to offset emissions. Carbon offset schemes in agriculture will create one more driver of land dispossession of smallholder farmers, particularly in the Global South, and unfairly place the burden of mitigation on those who are most vulnerable to, but have least contributed to, the climate crisis.
3. A new space for promoting agribusiness and industrial agriculture
Companies with activities resulting in dire social impacts on farmers and communities, such as those driving land grabbing or promoting GM seeds, already claim that they are “climate-smart.” Yara (the world’s largest fertilizer manufacturer), Syngenta (GM seeds), McDonald’s, and Walmart are all at the “climate-smart” table. Climate-smart agriculture will serve as a new promotional space for the planet’s worst social and environmental offenders in agriculture. The proposed Global Alliance on Climate-Smart Agriculture seems to be yet another strategy by powerful players to prop up industrial agriculture, which undermines the basic human right to food. It is nothing new, nothing innovative, and not what we need.
We do urgently need climate action! Unfortunately, the Alliance seriously misses the mark. Real climate solutions are already out there in farmers’ fields – based on agroecological practices and the relocalisation of food systems to effectively fight hunger. Instead of creating one more body for business-as-usual, governments, funding agencies, and international organizations should be taking bold action: committing to shift resources away from climate-damaging practices of chemical-intensive industrial agriculture and meat production and towards investment in and commitment to agroecology, food sovereignty, and support to small-scale food producers.
The International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development concluded in 2008 that business-as-usual in agriculture is not an option; instead, a thorough and radical overhaul of present international and agricultural policies is essential to meet the challenges of the future.
We reject the Global Alliance as one more step by a small percentage of the UN’s total membership to promote industrial agriculture against all the evidence of its destructive impacts on people, biodiversity, seed, water, soils, and climate. It is merely one more attempt to block the real change needed to fix our broken food systems and our broken climate, change which instead must be based on food sovereignty and agroecological approaches for agriculture and food production andthe effective reduction of greenhouse gases.
International Organisations & Farmers’ Movements
Centro de Estudios Internacionales y de Agricultura Internacional (CERAI)
Coalition pour la Protection du Patrimoine Genetique African (COPAGEN)
Corporate Europe Observatory
Earth in Brackets
Foro Rural Mundial (FRM)
Friends of the Earth International
International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM)
Mesa de Coordinación Latinoamericana de Comercio Justo
Send a Cow
South Asia Alliance for Poverty Eradication (SAAPE)
South Asia Peasants Coalition
Third World Network
National Organisations & Farmers’ Movements
Abalimi Bezekhaya (Farmers of Hope), South Africa
ACRA-CCS Foundation, Italy
Action Contre la Faim, France
Africa Europe Faith & Justice Network (AEFJN), Brussels
Agrosolidaria Federacion el Tambo Cauca, Colombia
Alliance International sur les OMD (AIOMD), Niger
All Nepal Peasants Federation (ANPFa), Nepal
Antenne Nationale du Niger (AAIOMD-Niger)
Asemblea Nacional Ambiental (ANA), República Dominicana
Asociacion de Prosumidores Agroecologicos “Agrosolidaria Seccional Viani” Colombia
Asociacion Nacional de Produtores Ecologistas del Peru (ANPE)
Asociacion Viva Amazonica de San Martin, Peru
Association Malienne pour la Sécurité et la Souverainté Alimentaires (AMASSA)
Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC)
Beyond Copenhagen, India
Biowatch South Africa
Bolivian Platform on Climate Change, Bolivia
Campaign for Climate Justice Nepal (CCJN)
Carbon Market Watch, Belgium
CCFD-Terre Solidaire, France
Centre for community economics and development consultants society (CECOEDECON), India
Cecosesola, Barquisimeto, Venezuela
Centre d’Actions et de Réalisations Internationales (CARI), France
Centre for Learning on Sustainable Agriculture (ILEIA), the Netherlands
Community Development Association (CDA), Bangladesh
Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO), South Sudan
CONCEPT ONG, Sénégal
Equity and Justice Working Group Bangladesh (EquityBD).
Family Farmers’ Association, UK
Farm & Garden Trust, South Africa
Farms Not Factories, UK
Féderation des Eglises Evangéliques des Frères (FEEF), the Central African Republic
Federacion Nacional de Cooperativas Agropecuarias y Agroindustriales de Nicaragua (FENACOOP)
Find Your Feet, UK
Food First Information and Action Network (FIAN) Nepal
Forum des Femmes Africaines pour l’Education (FAWECOM), Comoros
Friends of Siberian Forests, Russia
Friends of the Earth – England, Wales & Northern Ireland
Friends of the Earth – Latvia
Fundación Caminos de Indentidad (FUCAI) Colombia
Fundación Lonxanet para la Pesca Sostenible, Spain
Fundación Solidaridad, Bolivia
Harvest of Hope, South Africa
Gramya Resource Centre for Women, India
Groupe d’Action de Paix et de Formation pour la Transformation (GAPAFOT), Central African Republic
Human Rights (HR) Alliance, Nepal
Human Rights Organisation of Bhutan (HUROB)
INHURED International, Nepal
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), USA
Instituto de Cultura Popular, Argentina
Jubilee South Asia/Pacific Movement on Debt and Development (JSAPMDD), Philippines
Karnataka State Red Gram Growers Association, India
Labour, Health and Human Rights Development Centre, Nigeria
L’Association des Jeunes Filles Pour la Promotion de l’Espace Francophone (Membre du CNOSCG), Republic of Guinea
National Civic Forum, Sudan
National Federation of Youth Organisations in Bangladesh
National Network on Right to Food, Nepal (RtFN)
Organización Casa de Semillas Criollas Atenas, Costa Rica
Pakistan Fisher Folk Forum (PFF), Pakistan
Partners for the Land & Agricultural Needs of Traditional Peoples (PLANT), USA
People’s Alliance of Central-East India (PACE-India)
PHE Ethiopia Consortium
Plateforme Haïtienne de Plaidoyer pour un Développement Alternatif (PAPDA), Haïti
Plateforme pour le Commerce Equitable, France
Public Advocacy Initiatives for Rights and Values in India (PAIRVI)
Red Ecologista Autónoma de la Cuenca de México
Red Nicaraguense de Comercio Comunitario (RENICC)
Red Peruana de Comercio Justo y Consumo Ético, Perú
Rural Reconstruction Nepal (RRN)
SADF ONG, Democratic Republic of Congo
Sanayee Development Organisation, Afghanistan
Secours Catholique (Caritas), France
SOCDA (Somali Organization for Community Development Activities)
Sudan Peace and Education Development Program (SPEDP), South Sudan
Texas Drought Project, USA
Unión Nacional de Agricultores y Ganaderos de Nicaragua (UNAG)
Unión LatinoAmerica de Technicos Rurales y Agrarios, Argentina
UK Food Group, UK
Vicaria del Sur, Diócesis de Florencia, Colombia
Voluntary Action for the fight against climate change and the adverse effects of Sulfur Diesel, (AVOCHACLISD), Burundi
World Development Movement, UK
Youth Network for MDGs, Madagascar
 Civil society organisations have sought to engage with the Alliance through a number of different routes including a sign-on letter signed by over 80 organisations, participation in the Friends of the Alliance conference calls, and attending a meeting of the Alliance in the Hague in July 2014.
Global Landscape Forum Youth Session
The 2014 Global Landscapes Forum is taking place in Lima, Peru December 6th and 7th, and it offer numerous exciting opportunities for youth to get involved! This year’s approach encourages capacity building masterclasses and lively discussions leading into a dragons’ den pitching session. This blogpost explains it all:www.landscapes.org/youth
Applications for facilitation and pitching leadership roles are open for five more days, until September 28, so apply now! Those accepted will receive financial assistance for transportation and accommodation to Lima. We’ll then open registrations for a series of skill building masterclasses that will take place the day prior to the youth session.
If you cannot participate in person in Lima, you can still be heard and share your ideas through online discussions and contribute a story or article to the youth blog (email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org)
We’d like you to help us ensure all young people know about this opportunity. Below are some tweets and facebook/linkedin/google+ suggestions to share among your networks.
Please feel free to modify and share as needed!
- · Involved in forestry, agriculture, fisheries, mountains or land use and passionate about the role youth play?
- · 18-30 years old?
- · Good at fostering lively group discussions or presenting ideas in an interesting and succinct way?
- · Passionate about finding creative solutions to big challenges?
Apply NOW to lead action-oriented roundtable discussions or pitch innovative ideas to an expert panel at the 2014 Global Landscapes Forum in Peru: http://bit.ly/1t6dPNL
APPLY NOW: Facilitate a discussion or pitch idea @GlobalLF youth session in Peru http://bit.ly/1t6dPNL #thinklandscape #COP20
Great opportunity for #youth to build skills, lead & contribute! Check it out & apply: http://bit.ly/1t6dPNL #thinklandscape #COP20
New CSA briefs for Climate Change Summit / FAO & CCAFS – #NRC-CC-MITIGATION
New briefs on CSA realized by CCAFS and FAO for the occasion of the Climate Summit next week. The world leaders will be discussing in the summit climate-smart agriculture among other themes with the aim to stimulate action.
Thanks to Claudia García for sharing!
- · Knowledge on CSA – Question and Answers: http://bit.ly/ZrgKUP
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[csa event] Fwd: CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Climate, Socio-Economic and Environmental Baselines and Scenarios for Use in Climate Impact, Adaptation and Vulnerability Assessments in Agriculture for ECOWAS
Three (3) Consultancies
Deadline: September 23, 2014 / Location: Africa
The United Nations University – Institute for Natural Resources in Africa (UNU-INRA) is currently accepting proposals to conduct a three (3) months data collection to gather climate, socio-economic and environmental data and information for use in climate impact, adaptation and vulnerability assessment in agriculture for ECOWAS.
The official calls for proposals are attached. The calls describe the overall work required and give instructions for submission of a proposal. Please note that the deadline for receiving proposals is September 23, 2014 at 17:00 GMT.
Email enquiries should be sent to email@example.com.
These consultancies form parts of a research project on Climate Change, Agricultural Trade and Food Security in ECOWAS, which is being sponsored by the African Climate Policy Centre of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ACPC/UNECA). The overall objective of the research project is to assess whether or not agricultural production systems and trade policies in ECOWAS can be adjusted to alleviate the impact of climate change on food security and promote sustainable development in the region.
We are very much grateful if you would disseminate the information to your various networks.
Thema [youth] Fwd: Reminder: Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance Side Event Monday 22SEP2014 10:00-13:00 NYC
Event Monday 22SEP2014 10:00-13:00 NYC
To: African SD Policy Makers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance*
22 Sept 2014 – 10:00-13:00
Hilton Manhattan East Hotel, 304 East 42nd Street, New York
The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and the International
present the Africa CSA Alliance High Level Side Event. At the eve of the
Climate Summit 2014, this is an opportunity to learn about Africa’s action
on Agriculture-Climate Change & to open-up new collaborations and
The NEPAD Agency is spearheading implementation of the AU-NEPAD Agriculture
Climate Change Programme. This is an integral part of the Comprehensive
Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) and relates to attaining
the productivity and environmental resilience goals as articulated in the
2015-2025 CAADP Results Framework, which was recently endorsed at the June
2014 Malabo Summit by African Heads of State and Government. The target of
the AU-NEPAD Agriculture Climate Change Programme is to stimulate and
galvanise multi-sectoral and trans-national efforts to leverage political,
technical and financial commitments and action into scaling up the
sustained practicing of climate smart agriculture (CSA) through several
One of these strategies and new initiative is the NEPAD-iNGO CSA Alliance.
This is a unique and innovative partnership between the NEPAD Agency, the
international NGOs, on one side, and national level state and non-state
players on the other, to leverage each other’s strengths to stimulate and
support grassroot capacity and efforts to scale-up CSA in Africa. The
NEPAD-iNGO CSA Alliance is targeting 6 million farm households by 2021.
The High Level Side Event will consist in defining Climate Smart
Agriculture from an African perspective & describing the new partnership
and its foreseen practical achievements. Lead speakers will include: Mr. *John
Kufuor*, former President of Ghana & UNSG Special Envoy on Climate Change;
H.E. Mrs. *Tumusiime Rhoda Peace*, AU Commissioner for Rural Economy &
Agriculture; and Dr. *Ibrahim Mayaki*, NEPAD Agency CEO. Exposés will be
followed by a panel discussion and an open debate.
Open to all. Light lunch will be served.
More on: http://www.csaforafrica.org/
The NGOs consortium includes: CRS, Concern, CARE, World Vision, Oxfam; and
benefit from the technical support of CCAFS, FARA, FAO, and FARNPAN
Consult the #DFS2014 outcomes: the Dakar Agenda for Action
*More info on YAFSA <http://pages.au.int/caadpyoa> & CAADP@10
< http://www.nepad-caadp.net/> & PAF <http://www.africanfisheries.org/>*
New York Bureau
Visit our website www.nepad.org
NEPAD is a Decade + 3: Download “Africa’s Decade of Change”
- Reflections on 10 years of NEPAD
CGIAR Development Dialogues – A Nigerian flood story!
Kindly read through and vote for my story on the CGIAR Development Dialogues Blog!
[youth] Welcome to the Youth and CSA community – #NRC-CC-MITIGATION
Youth Engagement Project
These short you tube videos may be of interest.
We did a documentary of the Project on Youth Empowerment and the film maker was so excited about the project that he had the children create a Tele-drama. This has been aired on National television.
1. Project documentary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8znr47zTgM
2. Drama : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVzYdqaYf8k
Prof Chris Gordon
Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies
College of Basic and Applied Sciences
University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, GHANA
Web Page: http://iess.ug.edu.gh/
Office: 0302 962720 / Mobile: +233 268 117 200 or +233 208 117 200
Associate Editor: Climate and Development
Please consider your environmental responsibilities before printing emails and documents
I am interested in hearing more about your focus on youth and climate smart agriculture. As a doctoral student, I am researching, ‘Youth, Livelihoods and Politics in Africa’ with a focus on youth and agriculture. CSA is emerging as one of the critical areas of engagement, and I would like to hear more about your research strategy on this.
DPhil Candidate, Geography & Environment
St. Hilda’s College, University of Oxford
OX4 1DY Cowley Place, Oxford, UK
P.O Box 1364-00621 Nairobi, Kenya
Skype:gracemwaura Phone: +254725901420
Climate-Smart Agriculure -Reasearch Strategy
Once again, thanks a lot for work done so far.
Currently we are preparing research strategic plan that will be sent to you next week for your inputs.
The overall objective of the research strategic plan is to increase and transfer knowledge related to CSA. We will also explore how CSA can reduce youth unemployment focus on developing countries in the next five years.
Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction
applied to Water Resources, Food Security and Nutrition
PhD Student , Climate Risks and Water Management and Policy
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Subject: Climate-smart agric Conf Montpellier, France ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED
Due to inquiries from partners and participants, we have extended the deadline for the CSA Montpellier Conference to Sunday, 30 November 2014.
Submit your abstract now!
Keynote speakers to be announced soon: watch the web site.
Don’t forget to register. Early bird fees apply until 31 December 2014.
Climate-smart agriculture Conference 16-18 March 2015 Montpellier, France
[csa_event] Carbon in dryland soils – Multiple essential functions
Subject: [csa_event] Carbon in dryland soils – Multiple essential functions
The French Scientific Committee on Desertification (CSFD) has released the English version of its thematic issue focusing on carbon in dryland soils:
“Soil organic carbon (SOC) has a key role in the overall behaviour of soils and agroecosystems. Increasing its content enhances soil quality and fertility, thus improving agricultural resilience and sustainability and, in turn, food security of societies. Soils also contain the largest pool of carbon interacting with the atmosphere. Agricultural and forestry systems that reduce atmospheric carbon concentrations by sequestering this carbon in biomass and in soil organic matter are carbon sinks. Combating desertification contributes to soil carbon sequestration, thus mitigating global warming, while contributing to sustainable agricultural management.
Soils have only recently become a global environmental issue, especially in the framework of three international environmental conventions. These conventions have interrelated issues, especially with respect to dryland regions—desertification, climate change and biodiversity loss. Few tangible policies have, however, been drawn up concerning carbon in dryland regions. The impact of agricultural, pastoral and forestry activities on the carbon cycle need especially to be taken into greater account.
In the current carbon market system, carbon volumes of agricultural and forestry sectors are low as compared to those of other sectors (industry, etc.). Moreover, these markets do not fully recognize all activities that are conducive to carbon sequestration in agricultural soils, particularly in drylands. Carbon markets have so far been focused on checking amounts of carbon sequestered, whereas it would be much easier, and verifiable, to directly promote recognized ‘carbon sequestering’ practices. Such a market could provide much more efficient operational leverage for modifying agricultural practices and setting up systems to protect soils in dryland regions.” The pdf version of the report is freely accessible here: http://www.csf-
The French version (published in 2013) is still available here:http://www.csf-
Best regards, Martial
Le Comité Scientifique Français de la Désertification vient de publier la version anglaise de son dossier thématique sur le carbonde dans les sols des zones sèches: “Le carbone organique des sols (COS) joue un rôle fondamental dans le comportement des sols et des agroécosystèmes. Augmenter sa teneur améliore la qualité et la fertilité des sols contribuant à la résilience et à la durabilité de l’agriculture et, donc, à la sécurité alimentaire des sociétés. De plus, les sols représentent le plus grand réservoir de carbone en interaction avec l’atmosphère. Les systèmes agricoles et forestiers qui réduisent les concentrations en carbone atmosphérique en le piégeant dans les biomasses et dans la matière organique du sol, sont des puits de carbone. La lutte contre la désertification permet de séquestrer du carbone dans les sols et donc d’atténuer le changement climatique, en plus de contribuer à une gestion agronomique durable.
Depuis peu, les sols sont au cœur des débats internationaux, notamment dans le cadre des trois conventions internationales sur l’environnement. Elles ont des préoccupations liées entre elles, notamment dans les régions sèches : désertification, changement climatique et perte de biodiversité. Pourtant, des politiques concrètes concernant le carbone dans ces régions peinent à se mettre en place. Il manque notamment une meilleure prise en compte de l’impact des activités agricoles, pastorales et forestières sur le cycle du carbone.
Dans l’actuel système des marchés du carbone, les secteurs agricoles et forestiers restent faibles face aux autres secteurs (industrie, etc.). De plus, ces marchés ne reconnaissent pas pleinement les activités qui favorisent la séquestration de carbone dans les sols agricoles, notamment dans les zones sèches. Les marchés se sont jusqu’à présent focalisés sur la vérification de la quantité de carbone séquestrée, alors qu’il serait beaucoup plus simple et vérifiable de promouvoir directement des pratiques reconnues comme « séquestrantes ». Un tel marché pourrait constituer un levier opérationnel beaucoup plus efficace pour modifier les pratiques agricoles et mettre en place une protection des sols des régions sèches. La version anglaise est disponible ici: http://www.csf-
La version française publiée en 2013 est toujours disponible: http://www.csf-
Bien cordialement Martial
Institut de Recherche pour le Développement – IRD
UMR Eco&Sols (Montpellier SupAgro-Cirad-INRA-IRD)
Functional Ecology& Biogeochemistry of Soils& Agro-ecosystems
Bâtiment 12 – 2 place Viala
34060 Montpellier cedex 2
Ligne directe: +33(0)22.214.171.124.08
Watershed Organisation Trust is pleased to announce the release of its position paper – Towards Resilient Agriculture in a Changing Climate Scenario – Building Response Capacity of Small-Holder Producers.
The publication is a part of a series of 12 position papers being formulated by the organization as it works towards catalyzing insights, learnings and experiences from multiple stakeholders involved in its Climate Change Adaptation project. Apart from papers on Food & Nutrition Security, Biodiversity and Energythat are already available on our website, the series would eventually cover the sectors of Watershed Development, Water, Livestock, Disaster Risk Reduction and Risk Prevention, Economics and Livelihoods, Health , Gender and Governance.
The paper, “Towards Resilient Agriculture in a Changing Climate Scenario – Building Response Capacity of Small-Holder Producers”, captures the ground realities of small- holder farmers in rainfed Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. It presents WOTR’s approach towards climate-resilient agriculture. The paper also suggests recommendations for policy that will help increase the response capacity of farmers. It also draws attention to the need of enhancing the resilience of the ecosystem so as to reduce risks posed by climate change..
We hope you find this interesting and please do not hesitate to contact us with your feedback and suggestions!
You can download Towards Resilient Agriculture in a Changing Climate Scenario [PDF 0.99 MB] <http://wotr.org/sites/
Liberian President and Italian Vice-Minister join high-level meeting of FAO, IFAD, WFP.
ROME, 4 April 2014 — The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) unveiled today the results of their joint work to develop targets and indicators for a new global development paradigm for sustainable agriculture, food security and nutrition. This is a critical piece in the three agencies’ contribution to the ongoing intergovernmental discussions on the post-2015 development agenda, the successor framework to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).Download Targets and Indicators document
The targets and indicators were presented at a high-level meeting at WFP headquarters, where the President of the Republic of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, was guest of honour. The Italian Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lapo Pistelli also attended the meeting.
Representatives from the three agencies stressed the need to finish the job of the MDGs that expire in 2015, but also to broaden their scope to address deeper issues of universal relevance like malnutrition, sustainable and inclusive food systems, and their inter-linkages. The three agencies identified a list of five targets:
• Access to adequate food all year round for all people.
• End malnutrition in all its forms with special attention to stunting.
• Make all food production systems more productive, sustainable, resilient and efficient.
• Secure access for all small food producers, especially women, to adequate inputs, knowledge, productive resources and services.
• More efficient post-production food systems that reduce the global rate of food loss and waste by 50 percent.
The UN Rome-based agencies emphasized that progress in these areas would have to come through innovative partnerships – among governments, with the private sector, with development institutions, and with all members of society, from producers to consumers. New governance mechanisms would also be needed to monitor impact, ensure accountability, and give different stakeholders a voice in decision-making. Attention was drawn to the important role in global food security of small-scale food producers, who need to be at the centre of new investments and new partnerships for a hunger-free world.
“The overarching priority of the post-2015 development agenda is the eradication of poverty in all its forms,” said President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is co-Chair of the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the post-2015 development agenda. “The Common African Position drawing from the African Union’s 2063 long-term agenda is a resolve to deliver on our various declarations and commitments on the social and economic integration, poverty eradication, and employment generation for our people. It aims to reorient the development paradigm away from externally-driven initiatives toward domestically-inspired and funded initiatives.”
The new targets are in line with the UN Secretary-General’s Zero Hunger Challenge, which envisions a world where, within our lifetime, no-one experiences chronic hunger and malnutrition. The work of the three Rome-based agencies has been consistently inspired by this shared vision.
FAO Deputy Director-General for Natural Resources, Maria Helena Semedo, stated that the targets would inform UN Member States currently negotiating a set of sustainable development goals. “There can be no sustainable development without eradicating hunger,” she said. “We believe that incorporating these five targets in the post-2015 development agenda will ensure a more comprehensive approach to tackling hunger,food insecurity, malnutrition – to nourishing people while nurturing the planet,” she noted.
Highlighting the collaboration of the UN agencies IFAD President Kanayo F. Nwanze said: “A future of ‘zero hunger’ will not be built by any one organization in isolation. We know that we are stronger and more effective when we work in partnership, including with the billions of rural women and men who work hard each day to ensure our food security.”
“Food security and nutrition play a critical role in shaping a brighter tomorrow for today’s most vulnerable families particularly the children. Eliminating hunger unlocks the potential of individuals, communities and nations,” said WFP Executive Director, Ertharin Cousin. “Achieving these goals will require hardwiring equity into economic growth assuring no one is left behind.”
The three UN agencies stressed that successes associated with the MDGs have been substantial in some areas, such as halving the number of people living in extreme poverty, dramatically increasing the number of people with access to safe drinking water as well as boosting primary school enrolment.
But the agencies emphasized that gains were by no means universal and much work still needed to be done given that around 840 million people remain chronically hungry and that poverty continues to be pervasive in rural areas around the world.
The new development goals to be set by the UN General Assembly in 2015 should therefore be a catalyst towards the realization of the right to adequate food, improved nutrition, gender equality, focus on smallholders and sustainable and resilient food systems.
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Small-scale farmers need to be at the centre of new investments and
new partnerships for a hunger-free world.
4 April 2014, Rome – The United Nations Food and Agriculture
Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural
Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) unveiled today
the results of their joint work to develop targets and indicators for
a new global development paradigm for sustainable agriculture, food
security and nutrition.This is a critical piece in the three agencies’ contribution to the
ongoing intergovernmental discussions on the post-2015 development
agenda, the successor framework to the Millennium Development Goals
(MDGs).The targets and indicators were presented at a high-level meeting at
WFP headquarters, where the President of the Republic of Liberia,
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, was guest of honour. The Italian Vice Minister
of Foreign Affairs, Lapo Pistelli also attended the meeting.Representatives from the three agencies stressed the need to finish
the job of the MDGs that expire in 2015, but also to broaden their
scope to address deeper issues of universal relevance like
malnutrition, sustainable and inclusive food systems, and their
inter-linkages. The three agencies identified a list of five targets:Access to adequate food all year round for all people.
End malnutrition in all its forms with special attention to stunting.
Make all food production systems more productive, sustainable,
resilient and efficient.
Secure access for all small food producers, especially women, to
adequate inputs, knowledge, productive resources and services.
More efficient post-production food systems that reduce the global
rate of food loss and waste by 50 percent.
The UN Rome-based agencies emphasized that progress in these areas
would have to come through innovative partnerships – among
governments, with the private sector, with development institutions,
and with all members of society, from producers to consumers.New governance mechanisms would also be needed to monitor impact,
ensure accountability, and give different stakeholders a voice in
decision-making. Attention was drawn to the important role in global
food security of small-scale food producers, who need to be at the
centre of new investments and new partnerships for a hunger-free
world.”The overarching priority of the post-2015 development agenda is the
eradication of poverty in all its forms,” said President of Liberia,
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Co-Chair of the High-Level Panel of Eminent
Persons on the post-2015 development agenda.”The Common African Position drawing from the African Union’s 2063
long-term agenda is a resolve to deliver on our various declarations
and commitments on the social and economic integration, poverty
eradication, and employment generation for our people. It aims to
reorient the development paradigm away from externally-driven
initiatives toward domestically-inspired and funded initiatives.”Zero HungerThe new targets are in line with the UN Secretary-General’s Zero
Hunger Challenge, which envisions a world where, within our lifetime,
no-one experiences chronic hunger and malnutrition. The work of the
three Rome-based agencies has been consistently inspired by this
FAO Deputy Director-General for Natural Resources, Maria Helena
Semedo, stated that the targets would inform UN Member States
currently negotiating a set of sustainable development goals.
“There can be no sustainable development without eradicating hunger,”
she said. “We believe that incorporating these five targets in the
post-2015 development agenda will ensure a more comprehensive approach
to tackling hunger, food insecurity, malnutrition – to nourishing
people while nurturing the planet,” she noted.
Highlighting the collaboration of the UN agencies IFAD President
Kanayo F. Nwanze said: “A future of ‘zero hunger’ will not be built by
any one organization in isolation. We know that we are stronger and
more effective when we work in partnership, including with the
billions of rural women and men who work hard each day to ensure our
“Food security and nutrition play a critical role in shaping a
brighter tomorrow for today’s most vulnerable families particularly
the children. Eliminating hunger unlocks the potential of individuals,
communities and nations,” said WFP Executive Director, Ertharin
Cousin. “Achieving these goals will require hardwiring equity into
economic growth assuring no one is left behind.”
The three UN agencies stressed that successes associated with the MDGs
have been substantial in some areas, such as halving the number of
people living in extreme poverty, dramatically increasing the number
of people with access to safe drinking water as well as boosting
primary school enrolment.
But the agencies emphasized that gains were by no means universal and
much work still needed to be done given that around 840 million people
remain chronically hungry and that poverty continues to be pervasive
in rural areas around the world.
The new development goals to be set by the UN General Assembly in 2015
should therefore be a catalyst towards the realization of the right to
adequate food, improved nutrition, gender equality, focus on
smallholders and sustainable and resilient food systems.
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Climate change and the risks of global food system collapse
Globalized diet: More food, less diversity, more associated risks
As experts have been suspecting for a while, and as many of us have certainly noticed, people’s diets around the world have become very similar. So much so that in the past 50 years the whole world has come to rely increasingly on just a few crops for most of its food supplies – including old favorites such as wheat, rice, maize, and potato but also more recent ones like soybean, sunflower oil and palm oil – along with meat and dairy products. Many local crops that used to be important in Africa or Asia such as sorghum, millet, rye, sweet potato, cassava, and yam are failing to keep up.
While we generally eat more calories, protein and fat than 50 years ago, the lack of diversity in such a “standard globalized diet” may deprive us from the micronutrients our body needs. It may also increase the occurrence of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes, even in countries that are struggling to make enough food available to their people.
The other danger of relying upon just a few crops is that this makes agriculture and the global food system more vulnerable, and increases the risk of food crisis. Similar to the concept of portfolio diversification in finance, a diversified agriculture is more resilient to major threats like drought, insect pests, and diseases, all expected to worsen with climate change.
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World Wetlands Day 2014: Christopher Brigg’s Statement
Today, we stand united with people in South Africa and around the world in mourning the loss of President Nelson Mandela.
President Mandela was a champion against injustice and a true ally in the fight against hunger. His concern was always for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the world, and his words and actions were a motivational force for all of us here at WFP.
In President Mandela’s own words:
Hunger is an issue of social justice and not economics. Our economic approach to food and its distribution reflects our basic moral values. There are relatively poor countries where almost everyone is reasonably fed and richer ones where there is widespread malnutrition. The economic systems in these countries vary. Those who have succeeded have done so because they have made it a priority to end it. Hunger is a moral issue.
WFP has more than 13,000 staff in more than 80 countries who work every day to bring nutritious food to those who are hungry. And we have more than 1.2 million supporters like you who help make that possible.
Together, let’s honour the memory of President Mandela by continuing to carry out our mission of ending hunger, wherever it is found.
The World Food Programme (WFP) fights hunger worldwide, saving lives during emergencies while building a better future for the next generation. WFP is funded solely by voluntary donations.
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Resilient food systems underpin food security. Climate variability and change can disrupt key elements of food systems, affecting the availability of food as well as people’s ability to access and utilize it. Whether it is a household suffering subsistence crop loss due to drought or a district being cut off from food markets due to flood-damaged infrastructure, these disruptions can increase the risk of hunger, malnutrition and poverty.
To better understand the complex relationship between food systems, food security and climate change, IISD, in partnership with ISET, ACF-E, CURLA, UCA and Nitlapán, recently released a conceptual framework for assessing, planning and monitoring climate resilience and food security at the community, regional and national levels. This framework is presented in the working paper, Climate Resilience and Food Security: A framework for planning and monitoring.
The framework was developed through the Climate Resilience and Food Security in Central America (CREFSCA) project funded by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network. The project aims to strengthen the long-term food security of vulnerable populations in Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua by improving the climate resilience of food systems at different spatial and temporal scales. Based on the conceptual framework, tools are currently being developed to guide communities and policy-makers in developing their own practical indicators of climate resilience and using them to evaluate the impact of policies on food system resilience.
CREFSCA is part of IISD’s Adaptation and Risk Reduction program, which seeks to help decision makers respond effectively to the impacts of climate change on people, economies and the environment.
Los sistemas alimentarios resilientes fortalecen la seguridad alimentaria. Sin embargo, tanto la variabilidad climática como el cambio climático pueden alterar importantes elementos dentro de estos sistemas, por ende afectando la disponibilidad de los alimentos. Por otra parte, los hogares también ven afectada su capacidad de acceso y consumo de alimentos. Ya sea que una familia sufra la pérdida de sus cultivos debido a la sequía, o que cierta población no pueda ir a comprar alimentos a los mercados locales porque cierta infraestructura haya sido dañada por inundaciones, estas interrupciones pueden aumentar riesgos tales como el hambre, la mala alimentación y la pobreza.
Para tener un mejor entendimiento de la compleja relación entre los sistemas alimentarios, la seguridad alimentaria y el cambio climático, el IISD, en colaboración con ISET, ACF-E,CURLA, UCA y Nitlapán, publicó recientemente un marco conceptual para la evaluación, planificación y monitoreo de la resiliencia climática y la seguridad alimentaria a nivel comunitario, regional y nacional. Este marco se presenta en el documento de trabajo denominado Resiliencia Climática y Seguridad Alimentaria: Un marco para la planificación y el monitoreo.
Este marco fue desarrollado como parte del proyecto de Resiliencia Climática y Seguridad Alimentaria en Centroamérica (CREFSCA, por sus siglas en inglés), el cual es financiado por la Alianza Clima y Desarrollo (CDKN, por sus siglas en inglés). El objetivo de esta iniciativa es fortalecer a largo plazo la seguridad alimentaria de poblaciones vulnerables en Guatemala, Honduras y Nicaragua. Para esto, el proyecto busca mejorar la resiliencia climática de los sistemas alimentarios en distintas escalas espaciales y temporales.
Partiendo de este marco conceptual, actualmente se están creando herramientas para guiar tanto a las comunidades como a los tomadores de decisiones en el desarrollo de sus propios indicadores prácticos de resiliencia climática. Se espera que estas herramientas sean utilizadas para evaluar el impacto de políticas públicas relacionadas con la resiliencia de los sistemas alimentarios.
CREFSCA forma parte del programa de Adaptación y Reducción de Riesgo del IISD, el cual tiene como objetivo apoyar a tomadores de decisiones para que implementen políticas públicas que respondan de manera eficaz al impacto que el cambio climático tiene en las personas, la economía y el medio ambiente.
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