IEEP at COP24 – Agriculture’s Future, Delivering Net Zero GHG Emissions – Reflections from Katowice

Rural land using sectors have a multidimensional role in the delivery of climate action. Agriculture needs to reduce its own emissions but is also being called upon to provide biomass for the replacement of carbon-intensive materials and carbon removals via sequestration and storage in soils and biomass. Increasing pressure is being placed on the agricultural sector to deliver transformational change. The question remains: how can the diverse demands being placed on agriculture be delivered to achieve net zero emissions and broader sustainable development goals?

On 7 December IEEP convened a discussion on the role of agriculture in delivering net zero emissions at COP24 of the UNFCCC. IEEP collaborated with CCCAFEEDBACKAGRICORDIIEDSNVJoanneum ReasearchIFFA, and the FAO’s Forest and Farm Facility to deliver a wider ranging discussion on agriculture’s role. The session debated the key levers for delivering a low carbon, resilient farming sector & barriers to change including presentations on questions of both production and consumption.

The organisers would like to thank all partners, presenters and participants for the quality of discussion. The session demonstrated the value of learning together and from each other. Sharing collective experiences and ideas can be a powerful tool for promoting change.

Click here to read a summary of the discussions that took place and some of the priorities for change. Reaching net-zero emissions in agriculture is as challenging for the sector as it is for society as a whole. Yet the opportunities and benefits of doing so are equally large, from the protection of natural resources, improving the health and livelihoods of populations, to enabling new diversified markets and rural development. 


Event Chairs – Ben Allen, IEEP; Xiaoting Hou Jones, IIED; Carina Millstone, Feedback

Lead Contact – Catherine Bowyer,


Speakers and Presentations to Download 

Speaker Presentation Download here
Anna Lorant, IEEP Net Zero Agriculture PDF
Tiina Huvio, representing the AgriCord Alliance Bringing Farmers on Board PDF

Dean Cooper, SNV

Energising agricultural value chains


Majola Mabuza, SACAU

Getting everyone on board, farmer organisations


Lennart Ackzell, International Family Forest Association

Forestry and farming - the complimentary pillars of farm reality


David Blandford, Professor Emeritus Pennsylvania State University

The role of international trade in reducing carbon footprints in agriculture


Franz Prettenthaler, Joanneum Research LIFE

Measuring climate risk


Carine Millstone, Feedback

The food we eat and the food we don't


Catherine Bowyer, IEEP

The future bioeconomy