What next for agriculture after Durban?

Farmers partaking in the Agroforestry Food Security Program in Malawi.

Agriculture has not been getting a fair hearing at major climate talks. So it is refreshing to see that a Policy Forum article has been released in the 20 January edition of the Science Magazine.

The article, “What next for agriculture after Durban?,” explores the obstacles and outcomes for agriculture at COP-17 and outlines strategies for scientists to promote evidence-based policy progress within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Authors of the article highlight the need for scientists to build agreement on practical definitions of “climate-smart agriculture” and “sustainable intensification” as well as adaptation and mitigation strategies that span agriculture and forestry.

They also point to the need for geographically explicit information systems that enable policy makers to evaluate risks and benefits of a range of policy options as well as a more integrated research on what works in different regions, farming systems, and landscapes.

The Policy Forum references the seven policy recommendations issued in November 2011 by the Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change. The Commission was set up by CCAFS in 2011 to map out key policy actions for food security in the face of climate change, and outreach activities are continuing in 2012.

For further information, visit the Commission and its recommendations.


Christopher Mesiku

Chris Mesiku is a science communicator volunteering at the World Agroforestry Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. In the last 5 years, he has worked as a communicator for various scientific institutions. He holds a Bachelor of Science, Graduate Diploma in Science Communication (ANU) and a Masters in Philosophy of Science (UQ).

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