On September 21st, 2020, Prof Vanni Frajese, WFO Scientific Advisor and Coordinator of the WFO Scientific Council, addressed the session “Nature-based Solutions to Climate Change” of the 8th International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD 2020), hosted by the Center for Sustainable Development (CSD), The Earth Institute, The Global Master’s in Development Practice (MDP) and Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).

Here are some key messages from the WFO Scientific Advisor:

  • Farmers’ Nature-based Solutions combine mitigation, adaptation, resilience, and biodiversity conservation in an affordable and inclusive, tested model.
  • Dialogue between science and farmers, value chain actors and family farmers is an undelayable necessity.
  • We need to put into practice what scientists have been putting on paper for years and the only way to do that is by closing the gap between science and farmers.
  • Farmers of the World through the World farmers’ Organisation have equipped themselves with a Scientific Council to position themselves in the international debates on Agricultural science.
  • Agriculture is undoubtedly a source and beneficiary of nature-based solutions: to nurture their crops and forestry, sustain their livestock and perform aquaculture and fishery activities, farmers depend on soils, water and air; Their conservation is crucial for the sustainability of the agricultural sector, despite climate change.
  • Healthy soils are the first asset of healthy and sustainable food systems.
  • Living and working closely to nature- closer than any other economic actor- farmers are at the frontline of changes in climate and nature itself, struggling to adapt their activity to a flexible environment.
  • Regenerative Agriculture holds the key to solve GHG emissions through carbon sinking in the soil, to enhance production and quality of the crops and to increase Farmers income and livelihood. Solutions are already at our disposal; they should just be implemented.
  • What we need to do is to listen to the voices of the farmers, open communication bridges with all the other stakeholders, and grow together hope, for a better fed and more equal world.