CFS41: Innovative investments in agriculture and food security to reduce climate change risks

15 Oct 2014

The 41st session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS41) is being held from 13 - 18 October at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). On behalf of the world's farmers during CFS41, the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO) will partipate actively, and is co-organising four Side Events. The CFS41 Side Event titled“Innovative Investments in Agriculture and Food Security to reduce Climate Risk and enhance Resilience” is being co-organised by WFO together with Rome-based United Nations agencies: the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP). It will be held on Wednesday, 15 October at 12:30 p.m. in the Philippines Room (C-277) at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy.

Climate change will disproportionally impact the most vulnerable people, and their livelihoods. The latest Interngovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment provides strong evidence that climate change will increase the risk of food insecurity and the breakdown of food systems through warming, drought, flooding, and precipitation variability and extremes - particularly for poorer populations.

Achieving food security can be an elusive goal for those most vulnerable to climate change and who lack access to credit, technologies and investments that could benefit them in the longer-term. This CFS41 Side Event will focus on how innovative investments can help to respond to the challenge of food security, nutrition, and agriculture under a changing climate. Panelists will share experiences on innovative investments, sustainable farming practices, and climate-smart approaches, as well as integrated risk management tools (drought micro-insurance, natural resource management, micro-credits, and savings).

This Side Event is just one of a number of Rome-based UN Agencies joint collaborations related to the Climate Summit and UNFCCC COP20.

The side event will innovatively adopt a Davos-style format with an informal setting in which panelists actively engage with one another as well as with participants.

Panelists included:

  • IFAD: Gernot Laganda, Acting Director, Environment and Climate Division (moderator)
  • FAO: Director, Natural Resource Management and Environment Division
  • WFP: Richard Choularton, Chief, Climate Resilience for Food Security Unit
  • WFO: Santiago Del Solar, Farmer, Manager of Asociacion Argentina de Consorcios Regionales de Experimentacion Agricola (ACREA)

The guiding questions that will actively engage the audience with the panelists are:

1) What are some innovative approaches and/or technologies in agriculture and food security that you think are most promising in reducing hunger and building people’s resilience? What are some of the innovative investments that you have seen succeed in the field?

2) How accessible are those approaches for the most vulnerable? What steps are being taken to ensure participation by those most affected by the impacts of climate change in these partnerships?

3) How do you achieve scale once an innovation has passed the pilot test?

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