As of today, in the global political discussions on agriculture, including those addressing climate change issues, farmers have been the ultimate target of the decisions made by Governments and policy makers. Therefore, farmers have generally been “told” what to do without proper extension service projects, training, or any other capacity building programmes, and without any assurances that the political decisions take into account their specific needs and expectations.
The aim of the Farmers Driven Climate Change Agenda is to influence the National Determined Contributions, NDCs, that national Governments are called to present and observe to implement the Paris Agreement, so that they will be:
- Based on the best practices farmers have already identified as practical solutions to climate change mitigation and adaptation.
- Built on new science-based solutions.
- Aligned with farmers’ needs to achieve the economic, social and environmental viability of the farming sector.