Farming First’s Climate Call to Action Featured in The Guardian

Picture 3Appearing today on The Guardian’s Katine Chronicles blog is a post about Farming First’s call for better support for farmers on the frontline of climate change to world leaders meeting in Copenhagen next month.

In the post, David King, secretary general of the International Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP), a Farming First supporter organisation, is quoted:

If we don’t give farmers practical help to make their full contribution to fighting climate change, we will fail in Copenhagen. This is why Farming First wants world leaders to create a dedicated adaptation fund for agriculture to help farmers get the financial support they need to deal with the threats of climate change which they, more than any other group of people, are already struggling with.

The article goes on to discuss how agriculture has been largely ignored by the international community.

For more than two decades agriculture has been largely ignored by the international community, with health and education taking centre stage in discussions on development. But, as the affects of climate change become all too obvious, with erratic weather patterns destroying crops and livelihoods … farming is slowly being drawn back into the spotlight.

The post also points to Farming First’s six principles. Nora Ourabah Haddad, senior policy officer at the IFAP, is quoted as well:

Haddad believes farmers can adapt and mitigate climate change through sustainable practices and decrease greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, such as through better water management and the production of renewable energies, such as biogas.

A Farming First video of Nora Ourabah Haddad also featured: