13 Dec 2018

Federated Farmers of New Zealand engagement at COP24. News from WFO Members

As farmer leader from New Zealand, the WFO Board Member from Oceania, Katie Milne, was invited to talk in several side events during the Katowice Climate Change Conference, COP24.

Katie Milne Farmers Representative Photos by IISDENB Natalia Mroz Diego Noguera

Photos by IISD/ENB | Natalia Mroz / Diego Noguera

On December 10th, she joined, as farmer representative, the side event “Fighting Climate Change Requires Zero Tolerance on Food Loss and Waste”, organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). During her speech Katie Milne lamented that people have become disconnected from food production and buy much more food than needed because of it. She expressed hope for a change in behaviour, highlighting the need to educate children about food waste and connect them with farming practices, so they better understand the origins of food and eventually work towards reducing waste in the future.
Click here to read more about the event “Fighting Climate Change Requires Zero Tolerance on Food Loss and Waste”

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Photos by IISD/ENB | Natalia Mroz / Diego Noguera

On the same day, in her capacity of President of Federated Farmers of New Zealand, Katie Milne was invited to attend the technical session “Farmers Working Towards Lower Emissions” within the three-day event “Act! On Agriculture”, organized by New Zealand, France, Australia, Ireland and the Netherlands.
She underlined how farmers in her country are raising their environmental standards, including through the protection of riparian areas, optimizing fertilizer use, and using low-emissions fodder. She also reported on the significant role played by rural women in reducing environmental footprints and adapting to climate change. Milne emphasized that policies should not villainize agriculture, saying “carrots are more effective than sticks.”
Milne also noted the importance of getting young people and urban populations interested in agriculture.
Session ended with panellists stating that farmers’ voices should contribute to agriculture policies.
Click here to read more about the event “Act! On Agriculture”

On December 12th Katie Milne took the floor within the side event “Delivering on NDCs from Paris on: contributions from farmers to the climate agenda”, organized by the Brazilian delegation, to present how New Zealand farming practices are contributing to reach the goals of the Paris Agreement.

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