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1 Climate-smart Agriculture Peter Holmgren FAO

2 Peter Holmgren, FAO 3 November 2009


4 Two Goals of Our Time 1.Achieving Food Security – 1 billion hungry – Food production to increase 70% by 2050 – Adaptation to Climate Change critical 2.Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change – ”2 degree goal” requires major emission cuts – Agriculture and Land use = 30% of emissions.. –..and needs to be part of the solution

5 Climate Change and Food Security Climate Change, Food and Security

6 Overlaps, Synergies and Trade-offs National -> International National -> Local Climate UNFCCC “Carbon” Biodiversity CBD “Species” Food Security WSFS “Calories” + Human rights, Health, Trade, Education,..... LOCAL REALITIES GLOBAL OBJECTIVES

7 ActionCan help Food Security Can help meet CC Mitigation Increase productivity (yields per area) under environmental and sustainability constraints Yes(yes) Reduce expansion of agriculture and sustainable forest management Yes Effective water useYes(yes) Reduce losses in / more efficient agricultural practises Yes Reduce losses in food processing and handling Yes Improve agricultural markets and incentives Yes Carbon sequestration in vegetation and soil (yes)Yes

8 But solutions also depend on Demographic changes – population – urbanization Economic growth Structural changes in agriculture Consumption patterns

9 Remember: Climate change mitigation will never be the main goal for agriculture.

10 Climate-smart Agriculture Agriculture that sustainably: increases productivity increases resilience (adaptation) reduces/removes GHGs AND enhances achievement of national food security and development goals

11 Key messages 1: Practises Climate-smart practices exist Ecosystem approach at landscape level is crucial Investments are needed in – filling data and knowledge gaps – R&D of technologies, methodologies – conservation and production of varieties and breeds

12 Key messages 2: Policies Smallholders need institutional and financial support for the transition Strengthened institutions for dissemination and coordination Consistency between agriculture, food security and climate change policies

13 Key messages 3: Finance Available financing, current and projected, are substantially insufficient Combining finance (public/private, climate change/food security) improves options Fast-track financing must take sector- specific considerations into account

14 On scope of agriculture mitigation It is not only about soils. Vegetation in agriculture landscapes has a very large potential Emission reductions per produced unit will be a major contribution

15 On MRV and Monitoring Often said to be an obstacle but, Don’t Worry! Some consolation: – No need to measure Carbon or emissions everywhere – Only at strategic levels do we need to monitor actual emissions – At operational levels, focus will be on proxies that help implement policies

16 Links to REDD+ Emissions from forests are largely caused by agriculture So REDD+ is largely to be achieved in the agriculture sector Which means that climate-smart agriculture should be included in REDD+ strategies and finance

17 FAO actions MICCA Programme – Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture – Knowledge – emissions, mitigation potentials – Pilots of mitigation payments EX-ACT – incorporating climate impact in agriculture investment projects Adaptation Framework Programme – Brings together adaptation in all FAO work areas UN-REDD Programme

18 Two Goals Achieving Food Security Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change We must reach both.

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