Mitigation of Climate Change in Agriculture (MICCA) Programme

Country-led group stepping up its efforts on climate action in agriculture

From 16/04/2019 0:00 To 18/04/2019 0:00
Location: FAO HQ, Rome, Italy

For the third consecutive year, the country-led Thematic Working Group (TWG) on Agriculture, Food Security and Land use established under the NDC Partnership convened at FAO Headquarters in Rome from 16 to 18 April 2019. The meeting gathered over 30 stakeholders from developed and developing countries as well as international institutions, to discuss progress made on the implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and to adopt a new workplan outlining priority activities for 2019-2020.

Since the start in 2017, the TWG aims at fostering knowledge sharing among its members to support effective implementation of countries’ NDCs in the agricultural sectors. By addressing the different stages of the NDC implementation process, the TWG strengthens countries capacities to identify, formulate, and respond to needs and challenges to mitigate and adapt to climate change, as well as to find synergies between the two. FAO is facilitating the activities of the group along with two co-chairs, Uruguay and Australia.

Alexander Jones, Director of the Climate and Environment Division at FAO, opened the 3-day meeting by highlighting the need for urgent action within the climate community to limit global warming and respond to climate change impacts in the agricultural sectors. The vulnerability of these sectors was further emphasized by Thibaud Voїta, Head of Knowledge Products within the NDC Partnership, who stated that 17 percent of the requests for support formulated by developing countries are specifically related to the agriculture, forestry and other land use (AFOLU) sectors.

Over the past year, TWG members have participated in a number of knowledge exchange activities including workshops, webinars, email-based discussions, and case studies highlighting replicable, good practices for NDC implementation in the agricultural sectors. During this year’s meeting, Lawrence Mashungu from Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Water, Climate and Rural Resettlement presented a case study on the development of a Climate Smart Agriculture Manual for university and professional level agricultural education. Khalid Temsamani, Advisor to the Moroccan Climate Change Department, offered insights into a forthcoming case study showcasing how the country tackles the adverse effects of climate change and achieves sustainable development goals by promoting the conservation and enhancement of argan tree ecosystems. Leslie Debornes, Programme Officer at CUTS International, Geneva, presented the organization’s work in support of countries’ NDC implementation processes and their participation in the international climate change negotiations.

Discussions on the way forward to strengthen countries’ planning and implementing capacities for appropriate climate action in the agriculture sectors, in line with the international agenda on climate change, also took place. During a marketplace led by agricultural experts, members explored linkages between the NDCs and the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture, a decision reached at the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23) in November 2017.. As the first decision that officially acknowledges the significance of the agricultural sectors in mitigating and adapting to climate change, members recognized the relevance of considering the KJWA as part of their work, without limiting its scope to the Koronivia topics. On this basis, a workplan covering a wide range of topics and activities was developed and agreed upon for the period 2019-2020. As countries prepare to review and enhance their NDCs, strengthening support for increased climate action and ambition is essential. The Secretariat of the TWG and its members are committed to work together to put this transformational change into practice.

See photos from the event here

Workshop report