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Agriculture to Have Its Day Again

October 8, 2010
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Building on vigorous efforts made last year to incorporate agriculture into climate change negotiations, Agriculture and Rural Development Day 2010 will be held in parallel with the 16th Conference of the Parties (COP16) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) taking place at Cancún, Mexico, in early December. 

A similar event held last year in conjunction with COP15 in Copenhagen – the first such meeting – brought together about 300 policy makers, scientists, farmers and others to discuss strategies and actions needed for climate change mitigation and adaptation in agriculture. This year, a larger group of experts will focus on global agriculture at the intersection of climate change, food security and rural development, with the aim of identifying policies and practical solutions to address these closely intertwined issues.

Hosted by a consortium of organizations, including the CGIAR, Agriculture and Rural Development Day 2010 will feature keynote speeches, round-table discussions and a marketplace of ideas. The outcomes will be presented, together with those of Forest Day 4, at an official COP16 side event to inform climate change negotiations.

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