A Farmers Driven Climate Change Agenda
Increasingly extreme weather events cause uncertainty and unpredictability for farmers.
The severity of the global climate change impacts exposes the vulnerability of our agricultural systems. According to the Sixth Assessment Report of the IPCC, heat extremes will more often reach critical tolerance thresholds for agriculture and health. It is necessary to pursue actions that enhance farmers’ resilience.
Despite the fact that about the 85% of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) presented by Governments for the implementation of the Paris Agreement contain a reference to the agricultural sector, farmers feel a lot more can be done to adopt enabling policy framework to support the transition to sustainable food systems.
Farmers are the most vulnerable to climate change.
Therefore, developing and practising adaptation and mitigation strategies to reduce or avoid the negative effects of climate change in both the short and long term is one of the most important challenges facing the agricultural production systems.
In response to these challenges, in 2018 the General Assembly of the World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO), adopted a new agenda to enhance the position of the farmers in the global political discussion on climate change creating an alliance with global farmers, private sector, research institutes, NGOs, multi-stakeholder platforms and media partners.
This initiative was born under the name of the Climakers.
With their experience, farmers are the only ones capable of providing solutions to increase the adaptation of agricultural production to the direct effects of climate change, as well as finding solutions that contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. By protecting the environment and biodiversity, farmers protect themselves.
Under the “Farmers’ driven climate change agenda”, The Climakers Initiative was conceived to promote a completely reversed paradigm applying an authentic bottom up approach, where farmers lead the global political process on climate change, through a renewed agenda that is farmers-driven, science-based and result-oriented. Solutions are gathered and have to be applicable at farm level.
The goal is, therefore, to influence the implementation of the NDCs, calling on Governments to base their national plans for the implementation of the Paris Agreement on the best practices that farmers are already implementing to mitigate and adapt to the climate change, proving that farmers own an essential part of the solution.
Stand on the farmers’ side: become a climaker!