Agriculture and Rural Development Day 2009
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Agriculture and Rural Development Day is hosted by
Consultative Group on International agricultural Research (CGIAR)  CGIAR logo
CGIAR Challenge Program on Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)  CCAFS logo
Global Donor Platform for Rural Development  Donor Platform logo
University of Copenhagen (KU)  KU logo
With the support of
Danish International Development Agency  DANIDA logo
The European Union  European Union logo
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)  IFAD logo
Organised by
Alliance of the CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research) Centers  Alliance of the CGIAR logo
Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP)  ESSP logo
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)  FAO logo
Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR)  GFAR logo
International Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP)  IFAP logo
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)  IFPRI logo
Roundtable Discussions


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Roundtable outcomes

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Roundtable 1

The triple challenge to agriculture of increasing food productivity, climate resilience and GHG mitigation

Agriculture faces three simultaneous challenges: it must double food production by 2050 to meet population increase and dietary changes and do so in a sustainable fashion, adapt to a warmer more variable climates, and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. This Roundtable will identify the gaps and priorities related to information and knowledge sharing, finance and research that enhance our understanding of the link between agriculture and climate change in the context of this triple challenge.

Lead Speaker: Prof. M.S. Swaminathan - Chairman, M.S Swaminathan Research Foundation


  • Dr. Lindiwe Sibanda – CEO, Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)
  • Dr. Stephen J. Hall – Director General, The WorldFish Center
  • Mr. N’douati Kariuki – President of KENFAP (Kenya National Federation of Agricultural Producers)

Moderator: Dr. Rodney D. Cooke – Director, Technical Advisory Division, IFAD.

Wrapping up: Mr. Brian Baldwin – Vice Chair Global Donor Platform for Rural Development

Objective of the round-table: To identify knowledge gaps and priorities for information generation, finance and research that enhance our understanding of the link between agriculture and climate change in the context of this triple challenge.

Key Questions:

  • Why is agriculture part of the challenge and part of the solution?
  • Why should there be close linkage between the climate change and agriculture agendas?
  • What are the major gaps in knowledge about agriculture and climate change that need to be addressed?
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Roundtable 2

Policies and institutions for resilient development in the face of climate change

Appropriately designed national policies and institutions can enhance adaptation and mitigation responses, reducing adjustment costs for farmers, increasing the profitability of environmentally sustainable practices, stimulating pro-poor investment, generating employment for the rural landless, and creating investment flows for rural communities. National outcomes are strongly influenced both by developments in other countries and the international institutions and policies that govern interactions among nations. International trade and finance rules, global data gathering and information sharing, and foreign financial and technical assistance can alter vulnerabilities to climate stresses and influence the potential of mitigation efforts. This Roundtable will explore the set of essential policies and institutions, both nationally and internationally, to create the appropriate incentives to enhance agricultural adaptation and mitigation responses.

Lead Speaker: Rajiv Shah, Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture (TBC)


  • Gerald C. Nelson – Senior Research Fellow, IFPRI
  • Dr. Akin Adesina – Vice President for Policy and Partnerships, AGRA (Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa)
  • Ivan Biot – Climate Change Advisor, DFID, UK
  • Carlos Seré – Director General, International Livestock Research Institute

Moderator: Wendy Mann – Senior Advisor on Natural Resource Management and the Environment, FAO

Wrapping up: Pramod K. Joshi – National Centre for Agricultural Economics and Policy Research (NCAP), India

Objective of the Roundtable: To identify needs related to institution building, national and international policy development, and financing that enhance the policy environment for agriculture and climate change.

Key Questions:

  • What are the key elements of a development strategy that facilitate climate change resilience?
  • When and in what ways should policies and programs for climate resilience differ from those needed to enhance food security?
  • What are the information and analysis needs for policy makers to devise climate resilient development strategies?
  • What are the financial implications of these needs?
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Roundtable 3

Strategies and responses for adaptation of farmers and food systems

Even in the case of a stabilisation of GHG emissions, climate change will continue to challenge agriculture, increasing the vulnerability of ecosystems and rural populations. Farming and food systems will have to be better adapted to cope with the direct and indirect consequences of a changing climate. Farmers, both women and men, are well placed to implement sustainable agricultural practices that help adapt to climate change. This Roundtable will examine strategies and review existing responses to support farmers and food systems as they adapt to climate change.

Lead Speaker: Dr. Adel El-Beltagy – Chair of the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR)


  • Dr. Marco Ferroni – Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture, representing Croplife International
  • Dr. Sara Scherr – President, CEO, Ecoagriculture Partners
  • Ms. Sarala Gopalan – a farmer from India
  • Mr. Ian Backhouse – National Farmers Union of England and Wales

Moderator: Samantha Wade

Wrapping up: Thomas Rosswall – Chair, Steering Committee CCAFS

Objective of the Roundtable: To examine possible strategies and review existing responses to support climate change adaptation by farmers and food systems. These strategies and responses include research, information sharing/advocacy, institution building, policy development and financing schemes that will enhance adaptation and increase farmer’s resilience to climate change.

Key Questions:

  • What are the investment needs (research, extension, infrastructure, organisational development) to facilitate adaptation to climate change?
  • What is needed to facilitate information sharing among farmers, national research and extension programs and international research agencies about sustainable adaptation practices and technologies?
  • What are the financial implications of these needs?
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Roundtable 4

Unlocking the potential of emission markets for small farmers

It is estimated that some 400 Mt of potential carbon mitigation can be derived from sustainable agricultural practices, many of which can enhance on-farm productivity. An additional 1500 Mt of carbon mitigation is possible through avoiding deforestation and unsustainable land management practices. Incentive based mechanisms (e.g. CDM, REDD, the growing voluntary market) can allow farmers to reduce GHG emissions, introduce sustainable land management and bolster their food and livelihood security. This Roundtable examines the strategies and actions needed to ensure that farmers can utilise emission markets.

Lead Speaker: Axel Michaelowa – CEO, Perspectives Climate Change


  • Dr. Andreas de Neergaard – Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen
  • Robert Carlson – President of the North Dakota Farmers’ Union
  • Lily la Torre – Director of Racimos de Ungurahui

Moderator: Eric Fernandes – Adviser, LCSAR Natural Resource Management & Climate Change

Wrapping up: David Howlett – Global Donor Platform for Rural Development

Objective of the Roundtable: To discuss how carbon markets could benefit smallholder farmers.

Key Questions:

  • How will the inclusion of agriculture in carbon markets provide benefits for farmers especially in developing countries?
  • How would agricultural adaptation and mitigation offer the prospects of win-win outcomes?
  • Will inclusion of agriculture in carbon markets undermine or provide synergies with REDD+?

Statement of Outcomes (70KB PDF)
IISD summary of the event (235KB PDF)
Media advisory: English | French | Spanish | Danish (50KB each PDF)
Biographies of the speakers (0.3MB PDF)
Background material: Key Points for Discussion (1.6MB PDF)
Comprehensive Event Guide (5.4MB PDF)

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