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Statement by the farmers’ constituency at the joint SBI/SBSTA closing plenary SB48

The farmers’ constituency addressed delegates at the closing plenary of the joint Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The 48th session of these bodies convened from 30 April to 10 May in Bonn, Germany.

The constituency expressed gratitude for the hard work and the spirit in which the negotiations on the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture have been conducted. Farmers welcomed the roadmap which covers many important topics for them and the flexibility to revisit and include new topics as they emerge. “All issues are important – “farming is all about trying to balance and juggle very many things whilst battling with the weather and climate – but considerations about the farmers of the future, women farmers, farming communities and the value of traditional and indigenous knowledge, under the umbrella of food security are essential”, the statement said. “We welcome your commitment to observer participation in this new phase of work.

We have much to share; stories and experiences of practical success and failure – because as farmers know, in real life, agriculture is far from an exact science – and of ambition and vision”, it further stated. The statement concluded with an offer of farmers’ knowledge and expertise in the future work of these bodies.