Authors: Catherine Bowyer, Ben Allen, Anna Lorant
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 CCCA, FEEDBACK, AGRICORD, IIED, SNV, Joanneum Reasearch, IFFA, 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, email@example.com
Speakers and Presentations to Download
|Anna Lorant, IEEP||Net Zero Agriculture|
|Tiina Huvio, representing the AgriCord Alliance||Bringing Farmers on Board|
|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|