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Wednesday, November 9, 2016
UN Calls for “Drastic” Changes in Agriculture at COP 22 in Morocco
( Leaders from around the world are asking governments to take action on food security and climate change simultaneously through food system transformation.
International Institute for Sustainable DevelopmentThe 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) begins November 7 in Marrakech, Morocco.
While the agreement and its terms are historic, it remains to be seen if the world will successfully limit warming to prevent the point of no return. In Morocco, discussions will be focused on taking specific actions and making policy changes to achieve these commitments.
“Hunger, poverty and climate change need to be tackled together,” said FAO director-general José Graziano da Silva. “This is, not least, a moral imperative as those who are now suffering most have contributed least to the changing climate.”
The report states that “meeting the goals of eradicating hunger and poverty by 2030, while addressing the threat of climate change, will require a profound transformation of food and agriculture systems worldwide.”
Agroecology, according to many experts, can be the key to combating climate change, yet governments continue to support agribusiness that escalates emissions. COP 22 provides the opportunity for the international community to heed the U.N.’s call to invest in small and mid-scale farmers, including support for securing land tenure, and financially backing infrastructure, social protections, and research and technical support.
Dr. Jonathan Pershing, the U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change, recently met with Moroccan Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Aziz Akhannouch to discuss the upcoming convention. Pershing emphasized that “it is necessary to work on how agriculture will be dealt with during the COP22,” and adaptation in agriculture must be encouraged because it is “one of the solutions to environmental problems.”