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Paving the Way for Climate Change Mitigation in Agriculture

January 13, 2011

Since its first appearance on the international climate change agenda several years ago, REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) has rapidly taken shape as a viable policy option, based on much field experience and analysis. Meanwhile, momentum has grown to create a central place on the agenda for a climate-friendly agriculture as well.

At the United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Mexico last December, a broad coalition of organizations, including the CGIAR, made the case that agriculture is both part of the problem (not least as a major driver of deforestation) and part of the solution, with large potential for mitigating climate change and adapting to its impacts. This was a central message of Agriculture and Rural Development Day, which was held in parallel with the UN conference.

In support of this on-going campaign, the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has published an analysis of lessons from the REDD+ experience that could inform policies and programs for mitigating climate change in agriculture. The authors cite strong financial support from donor countries, clear analysis of technical issues and other steps as keys to progress with REDD+. They further suggest that mitigation in agriculture can now evolve along a similar trajectory, and they outline a series of actions aimed at making this possible.

Lessons from REDD+ for Agriculture by Christine Negra and Eva Wollenberg. (2011).

Full report (pdf – 1.5 MB)

Policy brief (pdf – 406 KB)


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