From November 6 to 18, the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt will host the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 27) to build on previous successes and pave the way for future ambition to tackle the global challenge of climate change effectively.
World leaders, alongside negotiators, government representatives and other relevant stakeholders, will convene in Sharm El-Sheikh for twelve days of talks on how to accelerate action towards a successful Paris Agreement implementation within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
The level of attention around food systems, food production, and agriculture is rising at COP 27. For the first time ever, there will be a Food Systems Pavilion at the UN Climate Change Conference, where WFO is also involved. It is imperative to hold attention high not only on what is needed but also on the fact that agriculture offers local solutions to the climate crisis that is hitting our communities globally.
A delegation of the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO), led by the President, Arnold Puech d’Alissac, will join the event, getting involved in several panels and roundtables, to reiterate that farmers hold an essential part of the solution to climate change, both for mitigation and adaptation, but also to generate a positive impact on nature around us.
Join us in Sharm El-Sheikh and advocate for #Farmers4Climate.
Further information on the events we are involved in will follow here soon.
Partnerships for food system transformation
11:30 – 13:30 Cairo time – Food Systems Pavilion (Blue Zone)
The interconnectedness of our food systems means there will be no single solution to transform the way we produce, consume and distribute food. To ensure a just and equitable transition all actors must work together to deliver holistic and ambitious solutions, resulting in positive tipping points.
Achieving an ambitious food system transformation towards being better for people and the planet requires simultaneously addressing multiple goals related to climate, environment, health, nutrition and poverty. Ultimately there is no progress without partnerships. This panel discussion will bring global stakeholders and experts together to discuss ways in which transformations can be brought about, and the sorts of coalitions that exist, and are needed.
The partners involved in this side meeting will bring their global networks together to ensure a constructive dialogue that will feed into active coalition building to deliver leadership in food system transformation. Driving forward radical collaboration, we will hear from a diverse range of perspectives to explore how we can raise ambition and reduce fragmentation to deliver a just food system for people and planet.
Designing food systems resilience in a warming world for global security
13:45 – 14:45 Cairo time Food Systems Pavilion (Blue Zone)
How both global and regional solutions can lessen risks, increase supply chain stability, and improve livelihoods.
Innovators worldwide are strengthening food system resilience – from globally scalable sustainable proteins to community-driven bio-economies – but they need support to realize their full potential.
Farmers and innovators at the center: Solutions for creating resilient food systems for tomorrow
15:00 – 15:50 Cairo time Food Systems Pavilion (Blue Zone)
Enabling food systems to become more resilient:
- Technologies and systems that already exist today and have a high relevance for increasing food systems resilience of tomorrow
- Purpose-born and -driven innovation, agrifood technologies
- Financing and advancing ideas and technologies, science and data to sustainably farm tomorrow
- Adaptation and grassroot innovations
- Pioneering small-scale farmers adapting to a new reality
- Adapting to shocks: The role of governments in building national resilience and food security
High-Level Roundtable on Food Security and Climate Change
13.30 -15.30 Cairo time – TBC Room (Blue Zone)
The incoming presidency of COP27 has identified implementation as the main focus of COP27 aiming at addressing climate related transition and transformation through a holistic approach that takes into consideration different aspects, including the social and economic development dimensions, enablers for a just transition, ambition in action and support to allow for an on time and at scale substantial progress in all aspects of climate change, with ambition on mitigation action as envisaged by science, a transformative adaptation agenda that responds to the current and future impacts of climate change and appropriate finance and technology transfer to allow for an inclusive and principle based transition with no one left behind.
Financing a sustainable and just food system transition:
How leading financial institutions and value chain actors set concrete targets & take action
14.30 -16.00 Cairo time – Food Systems Pavillion (Blue Zome)
The Just Rural Transition (JRT) and the Good Food Finance Network (GFFN) will hold a joint event at COP27, highlighting the role of public and private financial institutions in raising the level of ambition in finance for sustainable and equitable food systems and discussing how finance, farmers, businesses, and policymakers can best work together to meet sustainability goals.
Through a moderated panel, members of GFFN’s High Ambition Group will present specific and time-bound targets across material impact areas and geographies, laying the ground for a discussion with farmers and community representatives on implementation and demonstrated action. Stakeholders from the audience are invited to engage with panelists to explore how the announced actions can most effectively drive a just rural transition.
Climate Justice Summit – Day 1: PARTNERSHIP
Workshop 1: Leadership for Climate Justice – Where are the gaps in business leadership for climate justice?
14.30 -16.00 Cairo time – Online
While it is primarily the responsibility of governments to drive action on climate change, businesses and their civil society partners also have a leadership role to drive action within their organisations, value chains and wider spheres of influence. Studies show that the large majority of employees and the wider public expect CEOs to stand up more on societal issues.
Gymnasium training program for young farmers willing
and committed to boosting climate-resilient, nature-positive agriculture towards a sustainable future for all – WFO-Bayer press conference
10:00 – 10:30 Cairo time – TBC (Blue Zone)
Presentation of the third edition of the WFO Gymnasium, a high-level capacity building programme that aims at training young farmers to make them become future leaders in the agricultural sector, implemented in close partnership with Bayer.
Unleashing the power of innovation for regenerative and climate-smart food systems
11:00 – 11:45 Cairo time – Food Systems Pavilion (Blue Zone)
Supporting farmers and consumers by building inclusive innovation ecosystems that foster fit-for purpose solutions, innovative models and at-scale strategies for climate outcomes, countries can re-energize investment back into the food system to fast-track gains on climate commitments now.
Regen10: Opportunities to scale regenerative food systems for people, nature and climate
11:30-12:30 Cairo time – FAO Pavillion
This event celebrates the inception of Regen10 as a global community of food producers, Indigenous Peoples and local communities, business networks, landscape stewards and aligned initiatives. Regen10 aims to learn from landscape-level approaches to measure the outcomes of regenerative approaches in different contexts.
Climate Justice Summit – Day 2: SOLUTIONS
Workshop 1: Youth and Climate Justice – How can we scale youth enterprise solutions for climate justice?
14.30 -16.00 Cairo time – Online
This session will explore the practical solutions being developed by inspiring young entrepreneurs that help vulnerable people adapt to and mitigate the risks of climate change. We will unpack the challenges young entrepreneurs face in achieving scale, and how larger companies, in partnership with government and civil society, can help them succeed.
Workshop 2: Gender and Climate Justice – What more can we do to place gender equity at the heart of climate action?
16.30 -18.00 Cairo time – Online
Women are disproportionately impacted by climate change, and face greater barriers in accessing the opportunities that come with the green transition. What more can business, in partnership with others, do to support women? How can we ensure that climate actions are gender-smart?
The future is now: How to unlock young farmers’ potential for a sustainable future of food systems
16:00 – 17:00 Cairo time – FAO Pavilion
Youth have a tremendous impact on ensuring that food and agriculture are part of the conversations. Young people, including young farmers, are challenging us to leap into more sustainable, climate-resilient, nature-positive practices. The event will explore how youth is working and can be empowered to catalyze their potential for climate action.
Producer-Driven Regenerative Solutions Across Geographies and Ecosystems
10:00 – 10:45 Cairo time – Food Systems Pavillion (Blue Zone)
Unsustainable agricultural practices combined with the environmental impacts of crossing the planetary boundaries is resulting in widespread soil degradation and threatening food security. Sustainable food production, healthy ecosystems, and carbon sequestration are cyclically linked. This event will highlight this relationship and explore the potential for well-managed food production techniques to improve soil health, sequester carbon and improve biodiversity while also improving producer livelihoods across a variety of geographies and food production-linked ecosystems.
Productive and regenerative agriculture can help deliver climate resilience by maintaining and enhancing soil health, diversifying incomes for farmers and driving positive nutrition outcomes. By combining the principles of agroecology/ agroforestry with collaborative (between e.g., local producers/farmers/ranchers, NGOs, companies), rights-based approaches that center the needs and perspectives of the impacted producer communities it’s possible to maintain or restore healthy ecosystems and ecosystem service provisioning while providing food and livelihoods for an equitable, sustainable, and climate-resilient future.
Scaling Practical Solutions to Accelerate Industrial Decarbonization by 2030
10:00-10:50 Cairo time – Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action
The COP27 Industry Action Event will communicate the action needed throughout integrated value chains in the next 1-3 years to meet the milestones outlined in the 2030 Industry Breakthroughs. The event will hold leaders to account for the promises they made in Glasgow at COP26 and spotlight industries that are making real economy progress on these promises.The event will demonstrate how collaboration between industry leaders (representing employers and employees), policymakers, investors, and all stakeholders can accelerate finance flows and technological solutions to unlock the systemic transformations required in the global energy and infrastructure systems to achieve a just, resilient industry transition.The event will spotlight voices from Africa andthe Middle East to provide a regional perspective from outside of the Global North on the barriers to overcome on the road to a just, resilient industry transition and the achievement of the 2030 Industry Breakthroughs. The event will also include voices from civil society, youth, cities (local policymakers), as well as other key stakeholders in critical industry transitions.
Carbon farming: its value and potential
11:00 – 11:45 Cairo time – Food Systems Pavillion (Blue Zone)
Carbon farming holds the key to mitigating climate change while enhancing soil health and nutritional value, so that agriculture is sustainable and can feed future generations. Carbon farming can reduce GHG emission from agricultural land, sequester additional carbon, regenerate degraded soils, increase biodiversity and ensure food & nutrient security for a growing global population. Carbon also holds to potential to be a key additional income stream for farmers, if they are properly supported through the voluntary carbon market or their own supply chains in achieving their ecosystem services. Farmers can go from polluters or climate change victims who are seeing their revenues decline to leaders in the decarbonization space, with the right network, knowledge and support from all involved stakeholders
A sustainable and inclusive agriculture transformation, engaging the private sector
13.00-14.30 Cairo time – FAO Pavillion
This event will explore how the private sector can transform and build climate-adaptive LDC (least developed countries’) food systems and complementary needs.
Soils as an asset: Galvanizing public support to achieve our shared ambitions for NDCs
16:00 – 16:45 Cairo time – Food Systems Pavilion (Blue Zone)
Soil health continues to decline globally at an alarming rate despite our improved understanding of the interconnectedness of soil health, food production, climate, water and biodiversity. Recognizing the urgency for action and change, many actors are coming together to raise awareness about the central role of soils.
Developing practical and implementable public policy at the global, regional, national and local levels will not only be critical in driving successful outcomes for improving soil health and the uptake of best management practices at the farm level, but also for including it more prominently in the NDCs.
Towards recovery, resilience, and sustainability in agriculture –A multi stakeholder partnership
18:30 – 20:00 Cairo time – Khufu Room (Blue Zone)
Side Event co-organised by the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO), CropLife International, Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA), International Meat Secretariat (IMS) and National Farmers’ Federation Australiaat the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference.
Farmers are among the first to bear the brunt of climate change. The event will explore farmer-led, technological, and nature-positive solutions for sustainable livestock, forestry and crop management. Emissions reduction, alien species, carbon neutrality, mitigation and adaptation will also be addressed.
Farmers at the Center of Climate Action
08:30-09:30 Cairo time – FAO Pavilion
Through this event, a diverse panel of food producers will spotlight agroecology, regenerative agriculture and other innovative approaches, systems and practices they are using to improve food and nutrition security while simultaneously enhancing health and livelihoods, improving the environment, enhancing biodiversity and delivering high value terrestrial solutions to climate change. This 60-minute side event will feature presentations by 5 farmers/ranchers who will share their experiences in utilizing climate smart agriculture and regenerative systems and practices that provide high value, near term and scalable solutions to the co-joined mega-challenges the world faces today.
Decarbonizing Food Production: Global solutions, local implementation
10:00-10:45 Cairo time – Food Systems Pavilion (Blue Zone)
The private sector is increasingly engaging in efforts to decarbonize agriculture. What solutions exist, and what is the role of farmers and policy makers in this transition?
A diverse panel of food system players, from food companies to farmers to input providers, will discuss how to remove roadblocks to implementation and bring smallholder farmers on board, while ensuring resilience of farm economies during the transition.
Alignment and contribution of agrifood business to climate change adaptation and mitigation strategy and green circular economy
10:00-11:00 Cairo time – Mediterrean Pavilion (Blue Zone)
Agri-food systems are at the centre of the global debate on sustainable development, for their impact on climate change, CO2 emissions and biodiversity loss, for the importance that food security is assumed worldwide, for the spread of obesity and malnutrition, and the effects of it on the well-being and health of individuals and societies. The recent geopolitical crisis in Ukraine confirms this sector’s relevance from an economic, social, humanitarian and strategic standpoint.
Steering the green transition in farming and food – How innovative solutions can both ensure safe and nutritious food and be part of the solution to address the climate crisis
11:00-12:00 Cairo time – Danish Pavillion
The side-event is part of the AIM for Climate Roadshow at COP27. It will showcase how climate-smart agriculture and innovative solutions can empower agriculture and food production to be part of the solution to address the climate crisis and at the same time ensure a safe, nutritious and reliable supply of food for all.
The Future of Farming -The role of innovations and innovation enabling policies to climate-proof farming systems
11:30-12:30 Cairo time – ICC Pavillion (Blue Zone)
Farmers are agents of change. They are stewards of the planet’s natural resources and responsible for delivering nutritious food to a growing population. Helping them increase their productivity under increasingly challenging environmental and climate conditions requires enabling access to the latest technological and knowledge-based innovations as well as finance. To deliver on this, the private sector, NGOs and policymakers must work hand-in-hand to accelerate the commercialization of new technologies through policy frameworks, capacity building and training structures as well as through the right digital platforms and infrastructure to reach remote, small-scale farms.
This event will present cutting-edge collaborative solutions that are allowing farmers to adapt to a changing climate. We will also discuss how policies can support these solutions and facilitate their implementation and adoption. Last but not least, the event will explore how these solutions can ultimately contribute to a global mitigation effort and, in some cases, even be leveraged for carbon emission removals in agriculture.
Sustainable Livestock : Part of the Solution to the Climate Crisis
12:00-12:30 Cairo time – IICA Pavillion
Livestock systems play broad roles in food and nutrition security and supporting livelihoods while under scrutiny for their impacts on GHGs emissions and land use. However, if properly managed, livestock systems are not only a cause of environmental impacts but also a source of solutions to promote nutrient cycling and carbon storage, preserving biodiversity and landscape while improving resilience to climate change and reducing GHGs emissions.
Multiple win-win options in sustainable livestock management can slow down global warming, reduce GHGs emissions, promote climate change adaptation and resilience, combat desertification, reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity erosion. At the same time, it contributes to achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs), mainly providing resilient livelihoods to families and communities worldwide, thereby supporting the reduction of poverty, food insecurity, and malnutrition.
Building towards the side event, looped video content on livestock production sustainability will be shared at the Pavilion, showcasing innovative interventions and best practices. The side event will explore the concrete solutions sustainable livestock management can provide to the climate and broader environmental crisis. It considers the progress livestock producers in different sectors and regions make in reducing their environmental impact and raises awareness of their commitment to addressing climate change-related challenges. Speakers will share current best practices, scientific knowledge and expert perspectives on the role of animal production in achieving sustainable food systems while investigating opportunities and challenges for sustainable livestock systems.
Food systems transformation to support climate ambition: opportunities for coherent & collaborative action
12:30-13:30 Cairo time – EU Pavillion
More than one-third of global greenhouse gas emissions can be traced back to how we produce, process, and use food, while food systems are already suffering from the climate crisis. This side event organised by the European Economic and Social Committee will involve policy-makers and civil society organisations with the aim to debate opportunities and challenges of the transition towards sustainable food systems that can effectively contribute to climate mitigation and adaptation efforts.
Exponential Roadmap for Natural Climate Solutions
13:00-14:00 Cairo time – The Nature Zone Pavillion (Blue Zone)
We simply will not avert runaway climate change without urgent action to protect and restore nature. Join us to hear about “The Exponential Roadmap for Natural Climate Solutions,” new research that charts the course for how we can – and must – slash agriculture and land sector emissions to net zero by 2030, by maximizing land use pathways available now to keep global warming to 1.5 C and secure a 10 gigaton net sink in emissions by 2050.
A Green Transition in Africa and the Middle East and the Role and Agriculture
14:00-16:30 Cairo time – SwissCham Pavilion (Green Zone)
More information will follow.
Generation regeneration Africa
17:00-19:30 Cairo time – ICC Pavilion (Blue Zone)
More information will follow.
Gender considerations and gender-responsive action for resilient and climate-friendly food systems (Slycan Trust)
09:30-10:45 Cairo time – Food 4 Climate Pavillion
The Food4Climate Pavilion aims to bring food system transformation and sustainable diets to the heart of COP27, mainstreaming a transition toward diverse and resilient food production and consumption systems.
Nature-based Solutions for climate-resilient Agrifood systems
12:30-13:30 Cairo time – Water Pavillion
This session will explore the need for science and evidence based agricultural planning and resilience using nature-based solutions in agricultural water management and exploring the potential for more sustainable agricultural production systems that use water better, restore ecosystem services and store carbon. It will use this topic as an entry point to attract investments and scale up nature-based solutions in productive waterscapes.
Indigenous Peoples and producer organizations upscaling biocentric climate action
08:30-09:30 Cairo time – FAO Pavilion (Blue Zone)
Indigenous Peoples and forest and farm producer organizations will share more information about their holistic food, knowledge, and territorial management systems, the Indigenous Peoples’ biocentric approach, and their contribution to ecosystem restoration and biodiversity conservation. The event will focus on how to support farmers organizations and Indigenous Peoples to accelerate climate action.
Mobilising Private Finance for Forest Restoration and Regenerative Business Models
09:30-10:30 Cairo time – UK Pavilion
Efforts to restore forests and reintroduce trees in forest landscapes can absorb emissions, reverse biodiversity loss, help people to adapt to climate change and build resilience, and generate economically valuable goods and services. Plans to scale-up forest restoration must be ambitious yet thoughtful and well-planned – focusing on locations with high potential for impact and high integrity approaches that empower local communities, minimise environmental risks and distribute costs and benefits equitably. Given that almost 300m people in the Global South are estimated to live on land with potential for forest restoration, the development benefits of restoring forests at scale in the Global South could be considerable.
Achieving the level of forest restoration necessary for reaching global net zero by 2050, will require new partnerships between communities, scientists, businesses, investors and governments, and the mobilisation of private finance at scale into restoration and regenerative business models in landscapes across the tropics. A key priority will be the rapid piloting and scaling up of models that can reduce implementation and management costs and secure higher financial returns from a variety of markets.
Resumed High-level segment
10:00-13:0 Cairo time – Nefertiti Room
Collective action to deliver sustainable food and land use systems alongside a just rural transition
09:00-09:45 Cairo time – Food Systems Pavillion (Blue Zone)
There is no shortage of commitments from an array of actors to improve food and agriculture aims. A critical ingredient to successful interventions requires representation and engagement up and down the value chains: inclusive of farmers and local communities, governments, financiers, and business.
Cross-sectoral collaboration and joint action is urgently needed to deliver solutions and deliver on a 1.5 aligned pathway. This session will explore how collaboration and partnership can unlock sustainable food and land use systems, whilst also facilitating a just rural transition.
Towards Sustainable Grassland and Livestock Management
10:30-12:00 Cairo time – Food Systems Pavillion (Blue Zone)
Across the globe, grasslands are under increasing pressure from increasing human populations, reduced areas with increasing livestock numbers, and declining terms of trade for livestock production.
The complexity of grassland uses and the many aspects of these ecosystems require a framework for better sustainable management. A better understanding of how grasslands have responded to past environmental changes will help predict the outcome of current and future environmental changes.
The event will strategies to combat grassland degradation and manage grasslands for biodiversity, multifunctionality and food production.