Advancing Climate Action in Agriculture and Food Systems

11 December, 2019


COP25, Room 3, Hall 4

Climate change is already directly and indirectly impacting food production in many regions of the world. Crops are being lost and there are dwindling employment opportunities. These impacts are likely to become increasingly severe by 2030 and beyond, placing global food security and the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people at risk.

We must act now and scale up efforts to reshape the agriculture sector to support farmers, improve the productivity of farms, build resilience, and reduce emissions. The goals of the Paris Agreement cannot be met without transformative changes in the agriculture sector. Incorporating more ambitious, explicit, and directed actions in agriculture in enhanced nationally determined contributions (NDCs) can play an important role.  

The first part of this event launches a new paper by WRI,Oxfam, and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition that promotes ambitious and directed inclusion of agriculture and food systems in enhanced NDCs. The paper aims to help countries think through the NDC enhancement process to include strengthened actions in the agriculture sector, including short-lived climate pollutant commitments. The paper underscores the need for a tailor-made approaches suited to each country’s unique set of circumstances. A broad range of actions is identified that can benefit adaptation and mitigation imperatives in the agriculture sector, if the right enabling environment is in place. It offers practical examples for how these actions may be included in NDCs.

The second part of the event will consist of a panel chaired by CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center). This section will include an overview of the regional strategy (Central America) for the development of a low emissions livestock production, developed in coordination with local governments and aiming to contribute to the compliance of their NDCs. The event will include examples from developing countries showing efforts to achieve the Paris Agreement and to deal with climate change challenges considering other initiatives supporting sustainable development and hunger and poverty eradication.

Honduras will share their NAMA proposal “Transforming Honduran livestock sector into a low-carbon economy”, developed in coordination with civil society and multiple public-private alliances. It aims to help livestock farmers’ transition to a low carbon livestock production, attract technical assistance and facilitate the transition to a green and inclusive economy. Costa Rica will present its “Low emissions livestock strategy” which is being implemented through a pilot program of their livestock NAMA and which includes strong alliances with the industry and the private sector.

Nigeria, will share details of its National Action Plan, and how this will be implemented to reduce emissions and contribute to an enhanced NDC. Vietnam will share their experience on upscaling low emission rice production, including the options, suitability and investment.

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18:30 to 18:35 - Introduction 

  • Martial Bernoux (FAO) 

18:35 to 18:55 - SEGMENT 1: NDCs and Agriculture – Wins for Farmers and Wins for the Environment 

  • Dan McDougall (CCAC Senior Fellow) - Update on the CCAC Agriculture Initative, including the reason the Ag Initiative is choosing to focus on NDCs, Dan McDougall, CCAC Senior Fellow
  • Katie Ross (WRI) & Kristen Hite (Oxfam) - Launch of the policy paper ‘NDC Enhancement: Opportunities in Agriculture’

18:55 to 19:45 SEGMENT 2: Panel – Country Experiences on NDCs and NAMAs 

  • Dr. Muhammad Ibrahim (CATIE) - Panel Introduction. Regional Strategy for Low Emissions Livestock Production. 
  • Dr. Augusto Castro (Alliance of Bioversity and CIAT-CCAFS)- Sustainable land use systems to contribute toward Colombia's NDC commitments
  • Roberto Aparicio (National Climate Change Office, Secretariat of Natural Resources and Environment - MiAmbiente, Honduras) - Transforming the livestock sector into a low-carbon economy
  • Mauricio Chacón Navarro (Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock [MAG], Costa Rica) - Low emissions livestock strategy
  • Bala Bappa (National CCAC-SNAP Institutional Coordinator for Agriculture, Nigeria) - Intra-governmental coordination for National Action Planning on Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) in the agriculture sector in Nigeria
  • Le Hoang Anh (Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam) - Up-scaling low emission rice production in Vietnam: options, suitability and investment
  • Lou Hunt (Ministry for Primary Industries, New Zealand  - Net-zero bill and long-term approach to addressing emissions from farming

19:45 to 20:00 Questions and Answers, Wrap Up


Event documents

Event contact

Tiy Chung,
Communications Officer
+33 6 26 71 79 81
Tiy.Chung [at]
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