Photo: N. Palmer (CIAT)
Getting agriculture onto the official climate change policy agenda has been a long and sometimes tedious struggle. Right now the talks have moved past questions of whether agriculture should be on the agenda, towards negotiating how it can help achieve mitigation and adaptation goals. This is considered a success in many people’s eyes. But there is still more that needs to be done in order to ensure agriculture receives the attention and support it deserves.
For those who haven’t followed the ups and downs of agriculture, here is an update on the history and current position of agriculture in the official climate change negotiations, as well as an analysis of what it would mean for smallholder farmers if a work programme on agriculture were to be established under the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and UNFCCC.