IIDS Report - Innovating Climate Change Adaptation through Agroecology

27-29 May 2020

Participants attending the virtual consultations on Innovating Climate Change Adaptation through Agroecology discussed and further developed a paper with key messages on agroecology as a systemic approach to adaptation for food security and rural livelihoods.

 

Originally planned to take place face-to-face, the consultations, organized by the Berlin-based think tank on sustainability, TMG Research, were moved to an online format due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

In panel discussions and breakout groups, participants presented on-the-ground case studies to inform the development of key messages. They reviewed a draft version of the paper, which built on a literature review of emerging evidence on the subject ahead of the consultations and will remain open for feedback until 10 June 2020.

 

The draft paper highlights, inter alia, that:

 

  • climate change multiplies existing risks in the food system and creates additional risks for rural livelihoods and for world food security;

 

  • agriculture is both a contributor to, as well as heavily influenced by, climate change;

 

  • agroecological practices, including mixed crop-livestock systems, make agricultural production more resilient to droughts, erratic rainfall patterns, and increasing temperatures by managing soils, water resources, and biodiversity in a sustainable way;

 

  • agroecology lowers upfront investments by decreasing the need for external farming inputs, reducing farmers’ economic vulnerability in case of harvest loss;

 

  • agroecology supports economic diversification, an effective risk-reducing strategy for smallholder farmers to economically adapt to climate change;

 

  • secure land tenure creates positive incentives for investments in adaptation measures; and

 

  • the institutional and policy landscape for rural development in most countries must change for the upscaling of systemic approaches to climate change adaptation for food security and rural livelihoods to happen. Approximately sixty representatives of national and local governments, research institutions, civil society and grassroots organizations, and the private sector participated in the consultations, which took place from 27-29 May 2020.

 

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