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FAO & the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture

The Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture (KJWA) represents an important step forward in the negotiations on agriculture with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and emphasizes the importance of agriculture and food security in the climate change agenda. By mainstreaming agriculture into the UNFCCC processes, the KJWA can drive transformation in agricultural and food systems, and address the synergies and trade-offs between adaptation, mitigation and agricultural productivity.

The KJWA is a decision decision 4/CP.23) that was reached at the UN climate conference (COP23) in November 2017 on next steps for agriculture within the UNFCCC framework. The decision officially acknowledges the significance of the agriculture sectors in adapting to and mitigating climate change.

Under this landmark decision, countries agreed to work together to make sure that agricultural development ensures both increased food security in the face of climate change and a reduction in emissions. The joint work will address six topics related to soil, livestock, and nutrient and water management, as well as on the food security and socio-economic impacts of climate change across the agricultural sectors.

Learn more about the Koronivia timeline.

How FAO supports member countries

Working in close collaboration with UNFCCC and other actors at international and national level, FAO is committed to supporting the development and implementation of the KJWA. FAO supports countries by providing technical support to adapt to and mitigate climate change through webinars, workshops and knowledge products allowing agriculture experts under the UNFCCC to prepare their submissions and informally share their views on how to develop and implement the decision.

The Third Koronivia Dialogue was held in FAO headquarters from 25-27 September 2019. These informal technical meetings provide a neutral space for agricultural experts from FAO member countries to exchange views on ways to implement the KJWA and discuss challenges and opportunities moving forward. Photos. 

Upcoming activities

Climate Change Conference COP25 (2-13 December 2019, Santiago, Chile)

The in-session workshop on topic 2(d) Improved nutrient use and manure management towards sustainable and resilient agricultural systems will take place at SB 51 during COP25. Parties and observers have until 30 September to share their submissions on this topic.