The MICCA Programme

Since 2010 the Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture (MICCA) Programme has contributed to making agriculture more climate-smart.

MICCA is a multidisciplinary programme funded by Finland, Germany and Norway. The programme complements other FAO and United Nations efforts to address climate change and collaborates with the UN-REDD Programme in the reduction of deforestation. The technical information generated by the MICCA programme supports negotiation processes undertaken through the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).  

Areas of work

Rationale

Agriculture directly accounts for 10-12% of global greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of some five billion tonnes of carbon dioxide each year. What is more, changes in the way land is used, especially deforestation driven by agricultural expansion in tropical areas, account for a further 10-12% percent of total greenhouse gas emissions (see the report 'Agriculture, forestry and other land use emissions by sources and removals by sinkson our publications page) Click to read more.

Agricultural production must increase if the global food supply is to keep pace with population growth. Yet at the same time, it is well recognized that changes in agricultural practices and supply chains can help the world to meet its targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating climate change, while at the same time addressing food security and sustainable rural development issues. Agricultural production systems managed in a climate-smart way, emit fewer greenhouse gases, create significant carbon sinks, and at the same time become more productive and more resilient in the face of climate change. Ultimately, it is the world’s farmers who will have the largest role to play. If more efficient, climate-smart agricultural practices are to take hold, they must be seen by farmers as providing benefits such as improved productivity, better livelihoods, and greater adaptability to environmental and economic change. 

Donors

MICCA's activities are made possible thanks to the generous support from the governments of Finland, Germany and Norway. 

 

last updated:  Tuesday, November 25, 2014