Organized jointly by the Secretariat of the Thematic Working Group (TWG) on Agriculture, Food Security and Land Use at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Biovision Foundation and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), this online forum is the second of a series that addresses the adaptation and mitigation potential of agroecology in the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
This discussion forum provides space for members of the NDC Partnership’s Thematic Working Group on Agriculture, Food Security and Land Use, and members of the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture community. This session is also open to all actors and interested people involved directly or indirectly in the NDC revision process, transformation of food systems and agroecology.
- IPES (2020) BREAKING AWAYFROM INDUSTRIAL FOODAND FARMING SYSTEMSSeven case studiesof agroecological transition 110 pages
- WWF Germany & WWF Food Practice Report: Enhancing NDCs For Food Systems – recommendations for decision-makers PDF 18.40 MB 45 pages
- WWF Germany & WWF Food Practice Summary: Enhancing NDCs for Food Systems – recommendations for decision makers 5 pages
Documents for preparatory reading:
Wetzel, A., et. al. 2020. The Food System Approach in Agroecology Supported by Natural and Social Sciences: Topics, Concepts, Applications. In book: Agroecology, Ecosystems and Sustainability. (pp.181-199). CRC Press, Boca Raton (FL). USA.
- Leippert, F., Darmaun, M., Bernoux, M. and Mpheshea, M. 2020. The potential of agroecology to build climate-resilient livelihoods and food systems. Rome. FAO and Biovision.
- Oberč, B.P. and Arroyo Schnell, A. 2020. Approaches to sustainable agriculture: exploring the pathways towards the future of farming. Brussels. IUCN EURO.
- Schulte, I. et al. 2020. Enhancing NDCs for food systems: recommendations for decision-makers. Berlin. WWF Germany and WWF Food Practice.
- Sinclair, F. et al. 2019. The Contribution of Agroecological Approaches to Realizing Climate-Resilient Agriculture. Rotterdam and Washington, DC. World Agroforestry, Bangor University and CGIAR.
- Barrios, E. et al. 2020. The 10 Elements of Agroecology: Enabling transitions towards sustainable agriculture and food systems through visual narratives. Ecosystems and People 16(1): 230-247.
- Information about WWF Thailand Project available at: https://www.wwf-scp.org/thailand/.
- To showcase good examples of how food systems approaches based on the 10 Elements of Agroecology also increase climate resilience and how
this can be considered in National Determined Contributions (NDCs) and other national food related strategies.
- To flesh out in our discussion what are the key characteristics of food systems that have become truly climate resilient.
- To find answers on how current policy processes under international frameworks (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change/Convention on Biological Diversity/Committee on World Food Security/Food Systems Summit 2021) could be geared towards taking a food systems approach.
- Tosi Mpanu-Mpanu, Ambassador and lead negotiator for UNFCCC, DRC;
- Fergus Sinclair, Leader Resilient Livelihood Systems at World Agroforestry (ICRAF);
- Emile Frison, International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food); Edmundo Barrios, Agricultural Officer at FAO.
- Prof. Rajeshwar Singh Chandel, Sustainable Food Systems Platform for Natural Farming (SuSPNF), India;
- Ply Pirom, WWF, Thailand;
- Enos Shumba, WWF, Zimbabwe;
- Allan Mortensen, Chombo Project, Verstergaar
The KJWA is a decision (decision 4/CP.23) that was reached at the UN climate conference (COP23) in November 2017 on next steps for agriculture within the UNFCCC framework. The decision officially acknowledges the significance of the agriculture sectors in adapting to and mitigating climate change.
Under this landmark decision, countries agreed to work together to make sure that agricultural development ensures both increased food security in the face of climate change and a reduction in emissions. The joint work will address six topics related to soils, nutrient use, water, livestock, methods for assessing adaptation, and the socio-economic and food security dimensions of climate change across the agricultural sectors.
The KJWA represents an important step forward in the negotiations on agriculture within the UNFCCC and emphasizes the importance of agriculture and food security in the climate change agenda. By mainstreaming agriculture into the UNFCCC processes, the KJWA can drive transformation in agricultural and food systems, and address the synergies and trade-offs between adaptation, mitigation and agricultural productivity.