Agriculture in the Post-Copenhagen Process

February 23rd, 2010

The  Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has released an information note on the potential role for agriculture in the post-Copenhagen process.

The note highlights that no formal action was taken on the establishment of a Subsidiary Body on Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) work programme on agriculture despite consensus, and that there was no mention of agriculture or food security in the Copenhagen Accord. It also underlines that in indicating their intention to associate themselves with the Copenhagen Accord, 11 of 27 developing countries stated that they planned to adopt mitigation actions in the agriculture sector as part of their nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs).

The note underscores the potential role of agriculture under negotiations on reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD) under the Ad-hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action (AWG-LCA), and outlines three potential time-lines for beginning work within the SBSTA on agriculture. The note also outlines complementary work on agriculture and climate change under other intergovernmental bodies. To learn more, read the full Information Note (pdf) or visit the FAO Climate Change Website.