From December 2nd to 14th, 2018, a delegation of the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO), led by the President, Theo De Jager, joined the 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 24), that was held in Katowice, Poland.
More than anything, the COP 24 was the occasion for the launch event of “The Climakers. Farmers Driven Climate Change Agenda”, the initiative conceived by WFO and supported by the members of the Farmers Driven Climate Change Alliance.
As every year, WFO was actively engaged in several panels and roundtables, making farmers’ voice be heard louder and clearer in the debate. Side events were also an excellent opportunity of networking and capacity building.
In a nutshell, it is what happened at COP24!
Photos by IISD/ENB | Natalia Mroz / Diego Noguera
4 December 2018
Theo De Jager spoke at the side event “Climate is Changing. Shouldn’t the Food Systems Change Too?” organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), bringing the real-life perspective of farmers into the debate about climate change and food systems. During the event, participants exchanged views on what needs to be done to transform the agriculture sector in order to achieve the Paris Agreement. “We need to produce more on less and with less”, affirmed Theo De Jager during his speech. For further information, read here
5 December 2018
“With climate solutions it is crucial that farmers take ownership”, said Theo De Jager during his intervention at the side event “Policy Advantage: Enabling a food systems transformation” hosted by our key partner CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).
As the most vulnerable group when it comes to the impacts of climate change, farmers are key beneficiaries of policy change; as the producers of food, they are also implementers of change. Click here to read more about the event
8 December 2018
Theo De Jager took the floor of the “Land Use Action Event”, organized by the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action, making an intervention on how enhancing resilience of productive and sustainable supply chains and highlighting the role of farmers in achieving the objectives of the Paris Agreement.
10 December 2018
Theo De Jager had the honour to make a keynote speech during the opening session of the three-day event “Act! On Agriculture”, organized by New Zealand, France, Australia, Ireland and the Netherlands.
Calling on governments to listen to farmers and consider their different needs and expectations, he underlined that the wide diversity in farm types and farmer needs cannot consider “one-size-fits-all” approach a possibility. Click here to read more about the event.
11 December 2018
Gunsham Seeborun, President of the Falcon Citizen League from Mauritius, attended on behalf of WFO the event “Recommendations for the Koronivia Action Plan, Gender Action Plan & NDCs from GACSA members as they relate to CSA”, hosted by the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture (GACSA).
The event was the occasion to reiterate once again how significant is the role of farmers to achieve global sustainability and resilience to climate change, so highlighting the importance of supporting farmers’ position in the global political process on agriculture.
12 December 2018
Giulia De Castro, Policy Officer at the World Farmers’ Organisation, joined the closing session of the Agriculture Advantage 2.0 event series at COP24, “Connecting the dots: Stepping up food systems transformation under a changing climate”, presented by CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).
“We need a farmer-driven approach”, she argued, citing “The Climakers” as an important step in that direction. Farmers need to have access to resources, need to be empowered and must be owners of their own development. However, they will not be able to do so alone, thus stakeholders across the globe will need to mobilise to help them. More information about the event are available here.
The WFO Head of Policy Development, Luisa Volpe, took the floor of the side event “Delivering on NDCs from Paris on: contributions from farmers to the climate agenda” organized by the Brazilian delegation, to explain why the Farmers Driven Climate Agenda, conceived by WFO, has the potential to deliver NDCs and the Paris Agreement.
Bjorn Gimming, Vice President of Norwegian Farmers Union, attended on behalf of WFO, and hundreds of millions of farmers across the world, the closing event of the Talanoa Dialogue.