ActionAid - statements on agriculture at COP23

ActionAid’s statement on the Agriculture Decision at COP23 

Agriculture decision a welcome piece of positive news, says ActionAid 

TODAY AT COP23 CLIMATE NEGOTIATIONS, countries adopted a draft agreement on agriculture that will be presented to ministers for approval. 
 
Teresa Anderson, climate and resilience policy officer for ActionAid International says: 
 
“Dealing with agriculture has always been a complex challenge in these climate talks. For a long time they have been blocked on how to help both vulnerable farmers and the planet, and on ways to turn talk into action.
 
“The new draft decision essentially means that the scientific and technical talks about agriculture can translate into action, and that the UN system can provide more strategic support to countries that need it.
 
“Looking ahead, the discussion should be more focused on the tools, methodologies and real life solutions that can make agriculture and food security less polluting and better able to cope with climate change.
 
“It’s a welcome piece of positive news coming out of the Fiji climate talks when other negotiation streams are still pretty difficult.”
 

ActionAid’s statement on “Climate Smart Agriculture” at COP23

Climate Smart agriculture sounds good but means little, says ActionAid

Following this morning’s press conference on Climate Smart Agriculture at COP23, Teresa Anderson, climate and resilience policy officer at ActionAid International said: 
“The term ‘Climate Smart Agriculture’ causes confusion because it sounds good, but it means little.
“Corporations like Yara, Syngenta, Monsanto and the industrial livestock industry all claim that their strategies somehow reduce emissions – even though they represent a polluting and harmful approach that’s bad for the planet and bad for farmers. 
“Big corporations are flexing their muscles so they can not only continue business-as-usual, but also new markets by posing as climate leaders and expanding into developing countries. We know they are highly influential. They are lobbying, creating new initiatives and talking to governments. Let’s not allow that to happen.
“We need to shine the spotlight on them and talk about what is dangerous for us and the planet. We need to talk about real resilience strategies, real total emission reductions, and how to protect the rights of small farmers. If we allow them to continue with business as usual we will never have a chance of staying under 1.5°C.”
 
 
 
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