World Farmers Call for Climate Action

“Farmers must have the ability to choose the production systems and tools that are appropriate to them, their family and community,” said Robert Carlson, President of the World Farmers Organisation. Photo: N. Palmer (CIAT).

Agriculture is a key part of the solution to both food security and climate change, and is therefore an important deliverable of the 17th meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP). World Farmers Organisations calls for an incentive based approach and increased investments in research, development and improved agricultural practices. The COP is urged to recommend an agriculture work program under the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) that covers both adaptation and mitigation.FOOD SECURITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE are interconnected and are serious issues facing the world today.  Local communities, national governments and world leaders must work together to develop strong and resilient agricultural systems that can meet these challenges. This is the message from the World Farmers Organisation (WFO), who today published a policy statement for COP17 in Durban, South Africa.

The WFO maintains that CLIMATE MITIGATION AND ADAPTATION MEASURES MUST BE IMPLEMENTED, while food security is preserved and enhanced. Therefore, WFO recognizes there is no single agricultural production system or technology that will meet this challenge.

“Farmers must have the ability to choose the production systems and tools that are appropriate to them, their family and community,” said Robert Carlson, President of the WFO.  “A SBSTA work program is essential so all stakeholders in agriculture, from farmers and policy makers to civil society have the opportunity to assess and understand all the agricultural systems, tools and concepts available to them.”
“Concepts such as ‘climate-smart agriculture’ hold tremendous potential and it is within a SBSTA work program where individual countries and citizens will have the opportunity to decide the appropriate development path of their agriculture sector,” said Carlson.

The WORLD FARMERS ORGANISATION ALSO CALLS FOR INCREASED INVESTMENTS in research, development, as well as improved agricultural practices.  “A SBSTA work program will increase our understanding of how we meet the food security and climate change adaptation and mitigation challenge but this must be done in parallel with dedicated funding to agriculture and rural development. WFO rejects penalty-based systems and instead calls for these funds to be focussed on capacity building and incentive based approaches that stimulate economic growth and rural development.

AGRICULTURE IS A KEY DELIVERABLE FOR COP 17 and can be the essential first step on the path to food and climate security.  The WFO therefore urges the COP to take this first step and recommend an agriculture work program under SBSTA that covers both adaptation and mitigation.
Download this statement: WFO policy brief COP17