Side event in EU Pavilion in UNFCCC COP22, in Marrakech

Sustainable agriculture and land use enhancing climate action and increasing productivity

The interactive EU Side event is focusing on sustainable agriculture and its role in the implementation of the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals. How can we safeguard food security and end hunger under climate change? How can national decision-makers reduce the risks and vulnerabilities of their food production systems, and strengthen their resilience?

What are the sustainable ways to increase sinks and reduce emissions in agriculture systems? How can we encourage and support farmers to participate in climate actions?

How can countries respond to the challenges of climate change in their agriculture sectors?

Most food systems in all agricultural sectors (comprising crop, livestock and grasslands, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture) will be impacted by climate change. Changing weather patterns and variability already affects rural communities all over the world. At the same time, emissions from agriculture and land use represent a quarter of total global emissions.

In agriculture sectors, synergies between adaptation and mitigation actions are evident and urgent climate actions are needed on both dimensions to ensure food security. Sharing of best knowledge and practices and innovations is of utmost importance, because local actions scale up to global impact.

The basis for sustainable crop production is well-managed soils. Healthy and fertile soils contain more carbon, and are highly productive and resilient to changing weather conditions. Safeguarding soil quality supports soil carbon sequestration and hence the climate mitigation capacity of the soil.

Economically, socially and environmentally sustainable agriculture uses nutrients efficiently, has high productivity and contributes to emission reductions and food security. Diverse crop rotations reduce risks to farmers and augment the overall adaptation capacity of the land.

Through promotion of domestic feed, sustainable water management, nutrient cycling and integrated food-energy systems, it is possible to improve the security of food supply making people less dependent on the volatile world markets while at the same time further reducing agricultural emissions.

The EU Side event is organized together with Finland, Kenya, United Republic of Tanzania, FAO, UNEP and Teagasc/Wageningen University and Research. Each representantive will give a presentation of comprehensive insights into sustainable agriculture, followed by a panel and audience discussion.


Welcoming words and introduction to the topic by Hanna Mattila, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Finland

Climate action as an integral part of the food strategy by Hanna Mattila, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Finland

Field experience, research and national policies contributing to global climate efforts – FAO-MICCA Programme results by Martial Bernoux, FAO

CSA guideline - A ladder to successful agriculture in Tanzania by Theresia Massoi, Ministry of Agriculture Livestock and Fisheries, United Republic of Tanzania

Climate efficiency − New opportunities for agriculture by Professor Rogier Schulte, Teagasc/ Wageningen Economic Research (Wageningen University and Research)

Efficient livestock production − More milk but less emissions by Lucy Nganga, Kenya

Partnering for peatland management by Jaime Webbe, UNEP

Refreshment and snacks will be available for participants.