Agricultural transformation under climate change: Realising opportunities for action


A milestone achievement was reached at COP23, where Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) reached an agreement on agriculture to address climate change and food security.

From a negotiation process that has lasted more than six years, this was the first decision in the history of the UNFCCC on agriculture that led to the establishment of the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture (KJWA). The KJWA initiative envisions the UNFCCC’s technical and implementation bodies working together to develop and implement new strategies for adaptation and mitigation that will help reduce emissions from agriculture as well as build the sector’s resilience against the effects of climate change.

To ensure food security, adapt to climate change impacts, and achieve the 20°C greenhouse gas emissions target, a transformation in the agricultural sector is imperative. The KJWA can play a crucial role in supporting countries to achieve these targets. However, the initial question that arises from this initiative is: “What are the challenges for implementation, and how can they be overcome?”

In attempting to answer this question, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), in collaboration with the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), the Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU), and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), will be hosting a side event at the 48th Session of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies in Bonn, Germany on 30 April 2018 to discuss the fundamentals for realising agricultural transformation under climate change.

Specifically, this side event will identify the key role players, priority actions, and best practices to overcome implementation challenges and accelerate agricultural transformation, taking cognisance of other commitments such as the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

The event is expected to attract interest from national negotiators and government representatives; civil society; non-governmental organisations; private sector; international organisations, and donors.