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.
For more information, contact:
Teresa Anderson, ActionAid International: teresa[dot]anderson[at]actionaid[dot]org
Ram Kishan, Christian Aid: ramkishan2000[at]gmail[dot]com
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