~~Dear Mr. Fuller,
I am writing to you on behalf of the Climate Action Network (CAN) as many of the members of the CAN are working on the climate, agriculture and food security nexus. Many of them, individually or collectively, made submissions to the SBSTA last year and will submit new texts for the two upcoming workshops to make sure that the needs and solutions of the most vulnerable people especially smallholder farmers are highlighted.
Agriculture Working Group
Globally, agricultural activities contribute significantly to greenhouse gas emissions but also provide millions with their livelihood and food security. They are therefore a critical component of the sustainable development debate. Addressing these emissions will be critical if we are to achieve the UNFCCC goal of limiting average global temperature increases and climate change. Thus, to the greatest extent possible, policies at all levels should be designed and implemented to meet four goals: (i) In sustainable ways, maintain and increase the security of food supplies for food insecure people, particularly in developing countries; (ii) Enable small-scale food producers and other vulnerable populations to become more resilient to climate change; (iii) Sustainably reduce emissions from the agricultural sector; and (iv) Reduce emissions from the conversion of other land to agriculture. The Agriculture Working Group coordinates advocacy and policy matters to this end.
~~Dear Mr. Fuller,
According to the latest IPCC findings, forests and land use collectively account for 24% of global emissions - 10-12 GtCo2e annually. This is, by far, the largest sources of emissions in certain regions, notably Latin America, Central Africa and Southeast Asia. In 2012m in Brazil, more than 61% of GHG emissions came from forests and farming activities.
Global food production and food security are threatened by the greater variability of the climate and increasing occurrence of extreme weather events. Yet the agriculture negotiations are not moving with the urgency required to support the world's poor, especially those engaged in agriculture and related activities, in adapting to these adverse impacts. A vast majority of the world’s population is dependent on small-scale food producers -- climate change puts all of this at risk.
The agriculture conclusions from SBSTA 38 June 2013 (FCCC/SBSTA/2013/L.20)
The UN climate talks failed to deliver increased cuts to carbon pollution, nor did they provide any credible pathway to $100 billion per year in finance by 2020 to help the poorest countries deal with climate change, according to the 700 NGOs who are members of Climate Action Network-International (CAN-I).
SBSTA Opening Plenary Intervention
26 November, 2012
Mr. Chair, Distinguished Delegates,
My name is Adriana Gonzalez from Puerto Rico and I am representing Climate Action Network.