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Scaling-Up Climate Action in Agriculture

Identifying Successes and Overcoming Challenges

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Increasing food production in the face of a growing population, while adapting to and mitigating climate change constitutes a main challenge for the global agricultural sector. This study identifies, analyses and contextualizes regional initiatives related to agriculture and climate change in developing countries. In order to identify needs for improvements and possibilities for replication or scale-up, a review of recently launched initiatives is combined with a SWOT analysis. Moreover, the study places initiatives in the context of INDCs of Sub-Saharan African countries submitted under the UNFCCC. As a result, recommendations on how to develop and implement best practice agriculture climate change initiatives are presented.

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Conclusion and recommendations

With increased climate change and its impacts on economic growth, agriculture and the environment, and thus also on food security and the livelihoods of the people in developing regions, it is necessary to develop and implement policies, strategies and initiatives to mitigate and adapt to these. The aim of such policies, initiatives and projects are, inter alia, to ensure that the negative impact of climate change on agriculture and economic growth is reduced. This means that the funds from international aid, loss-and-damage under the UNFCCC, and national sources should be spent in a way that ensures increased productivity and resilience of the agricultural sector, while increasing climate change mitigation and adaptation. This involves assessing trade-offs and identifying potential synergies, as increased production sometime leads to nutrient losses in soils or reduced biodiversity. Doing this will, among other things, require maintaining research and development, providing technical and financial support, and building capacity.

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