Agriculture & Rural Development Day: Meeting Food Security and Climate Change Challenges

Screen shot 2010-11-17 at 17.48.49The role of agriculture in climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies will be the central focus at Agriculture and Rural Development Day, running parallel to COP16 in Cancun, Mexico.

On 4 December, five hundred delegates from across the world, including policy makers, farmers, scientists and representatives from the private sector and civil society, will meet to discuss sustainable agriculture solutions to meet food security and climate change challenges.

Following on from the successes of last year, where there was an increased recognition of the link between agriculture, food security and climate change, this year’s event will build on that progress and help to push for the adoption of solid climate mitigation and adaptation strategies.

The main discussion will look at identifying policies and practical solutions to reduce agriculture-related greenhouse gas emissions, and will hear regional perspectives on risks and opportunities for agriculture in a changing climate.

Five roundtable discussions will follow, sharing knowledge on agricultural intensification, agricultural mitigation and carbon sequestration, pro-poor rural adaptation, capturing carbon finance and science and technological aspects.

Speakers at Agriculture and Rural Development Day include:

  • Inger Andersen, Vice President of Sustainable Development, World Bank
  • Prof Xu Yinlong, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science
  • Senator Alberto Cárdenas Jiménez, Mexico
  • Ing. M.C. Ignacio Rivera Rodriguez, Vice-Minister for Agricultural Development, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA), Mexico

In the run up to the event, the Agriculture Day website is running a blog where the international community is sharing ideas and stories. Read the Farming First post here.

Online registration for participants has been closed due to overwhelming demand. People wanting to attend are however encouraged to apply. The event committee still reviews applications on a case-by-case basis.

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