Sustainable increases in agricultural productivity, food security and reduced greenhouse gas emissions (Land-L)

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Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture Launched

A coalition formed by 14 governments and 32 organizations will aim to enable 500 million farmers around the world to practice climate-smart agriculture. The ‘Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture’ was launched during the Climate Summit, on 23 September, and the Alliance held its first meeting on 24 September in New York, US.

The Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA), will work for: sustainable and equitable increases in agricultural productivity and incomes; increased resilience of food systems and farming livelihoods; and reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agriculture. The Alliance will also aim to boost food and nutrition security through climate-adjusted and natural-resource efficient agricultural practices, food systems and social policies.

The Alliance members, which include governments, farmers, scientists, businesses, civil society, and regional and international organizations, represent millions of farmers, a quarter of the world’s cereal production, 43 million undernourished people and 16% of global agricultural GHG emissions.

The Alliance’s Action Plan, released during the Summit, includes a target of enabling 500 million farmers to practice CSA by 2030. Other targets will be set with Alliance partners and monitored annually. Members will inform the Alliance on actions taken and impact achieved. Participants to the agriculture ‘action area’ of the Summit also issued an Action Statement outlining key global challenges and goals in the areas of agriculture, food security and nutrition.

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Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.