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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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Integration of initiatives, INDCs and climate policy

Analysing INDCs and expressions about agriculture helps identify what actions are needed in realising adaptation and mitigation opportunities and challenges in the developing countries, notably SSA, which is the region in focus of the analysis of INDCs in this report. Identifying such needs can help understand which agricultural initiatives and elements thereof that can be utilized when countries are to fulfil their commitments of the INDCs and the PA. As expressed by Mrs Margarita Astralaga from IFAD at the COP22 roundtable: “The INDCs have become like a roadmap for steering the [agriculture and climate change] investments in the right direction”. As such, INDCs can help guide agriculture climate change initiatives, while these initiatives can help meet the (political) goals and objectives that are set out in the INDCs.

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