by Anette Engelund Friis
With regard to agriculture, negotiators at the United Nations climate talks in Doha this week seem only able to agree on one thing: that agriculture is both a victim and a culprit of climate change.
This is despite the fact that there is growing consensus within the agricultural community itself on the next best steps on how agriculture can be incorporated more fundamentally can be incorporated in post-Kyoto policy development around climate change.
In fact, nineteen of the world’s leading agricultural organisations recently endorsed a joint call-to-action to climate negotiators to empower one of their own internal bodies — the Subsidiary Body on Scientific and Technical Advice (SBSTA) — to review proven techniques for agriculture to adapt to and mitigate climate change, and present this body of evidence to inform future decision-making.
As this year’s climate negotiations come to a close, these leaders have failed, as in recent years past, to put in place any agreement for advancing agriculture’s role in addressing climate change challenges.
Anette Engelund Friis is Manager, Climate Change Policy, Danish Agriculture & Food Council, which participated in this year’s Agriculture, Landscapes and Livelihoods Day.