During the APA Closing Plenary at COP23, Tobias Gräs, WFO Member, gave his statement in representation of Farmers Constituency.
"The Farmers’ Constituency represents millions of farmers from all corners of the world, from smallholder farmers to large scale farmers, those planting crops, raising livestock, practising silviculture and fisher folk.
A changing climate threatens food security and our ability as primary producers, especially small farmers, to feed a growing and more affluent global population. Food production must not be compromised. Achieving food security is part of the UN’s sustainable development agenda which requires physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food.
The Paris Agreement clearly recognised these challenges. It accepted «the fundamental priority of safeguarding food security and ending hunger, and the particular vulnerabilities of food production systems to the adverse impacts of climate change». Article 2.1b set out the aim to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by «fostering climate resilience and low greenhouse gas emissions development, in a manner that does not threaten food production».
The urgency we expressed at the start of this COP remains.
We want to see a mechanism that will increase ambition overtime. Agriculture’s vulnerability, particularly to extreme weather events demands it. For us this means a clear focus on innovation and technology transfer as well as, investment in research and extension on sustainable agricultural techniques that enhance farm productivity and resilience and an ambitious financing framework particularly for farmers in developing countries.
The full and effective participation of farmers is a necessary element of this collective ambition. This means including farmers and their organisations in preparations for next year’s Talanoa Dialogue and beyond.
We remain ever-willing supporters of your effort.
Thank you chairs".