A new analysis of the country-level climate plans submitted to the UN ahead of climate talks in Paris (COP21) has uncovered a huge appetite for technical assistance and climate finance for adaptation and mitigation strategies related to agriculture.
The brief, compiled by the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security shows that of the 160 Parties involved in COP21 that have submitted Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs):
- 80% have included agriculture in climate change mitigation targets or actions
- 64% have noted agriculture’s importance in climate adaptation strategies
- 36% refer to gender equality as an important goal of climate change action and policy
- 30% include mitigation targets in agriculture that are conditional on international financial support
Agriculture as a sector remains absent from the main draft text of the official United Nations climate negotiations, signalling a major disconnect between national-level planning and global-level policymaking.