South Africa’s Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries organized a gathering this week of Africa’s agriculture ministers to push for the inclusion of agriculture on the COP17 agenda.
“Agriculture should be accorded the due priority it deserves, especially in Africa,” said Tina Joemat-Pettersson in a Mail & Guardian interview. “In the primary text of climate change we have never seen a single line on agriculture and we need to change this to a global initiative.”
The event, Climate-Smart Agriculture: A Call to Action (September 13-14 in Johannesburg, South Africa), was organized in part by the World Bank, the African Union and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad). Gerald Nelson, who leads the climate change component of the IFAD-IFPRI Partnership, attended the event.
Read the following articles for an overview of the event:
- Food security, climate change closely linked
- Plan farms for climate change: Minister
- Environment: Fight climate change with Climate-smart agriculture
- Climate change likely to harm economies – Minister
- Swaziland signs agricultural cooperation agreement with SA