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.
Several CAN members presented at this side event: Pipa Elias, Union of Concerned Scientists; Jason Funk, EDF; Geoffrey Evans, HSI; and Angela Andrade Pérez, Conservation International.
Photo Credit: Leila Mead/IISD
Despite the Convention objective in Article 2 to stabilize emissions before food production is threatened, impacts of climate change on food production are already being felt around the world. Floods have decimated wheat fields in Pakistan and rice fields in Thailand. Heat waves have seriously reduced yields of Russian wheat and US maize. Drought cost Texas agriculture US$8 billion last year and tens of thousands of lives in the Horn of Africa.
photo creditl: Leila Mead/IISD