Major Gathering of African Ag Ministers Pushes for Ag Agenda at COP17

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Update: This Times Live article provides updates about the event: Climate-Smart Agriculture: A Call to Action. So does this Malaysian National News Agency article.

South Africa’s Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries organized a gathering this week of Africa’s agriculture ministers to push for the inclusion of agriculture on the COP17 agenda.

“Agriculture should be accorded the due priority it deserves, especially in Africa,” said Tina Joemat-Pettersson in a Mail & Guardian interview. ”In the primary text of climate change we have never seen a single line on agriculture and we need to change this to a global initiative.”

The event, Climate-Smart Agriculture: A Call to Action (September 13-14 in Johannesburg, South Africa), was organized in part by the World Bank, the African Union and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad).