Climate Smart Agriculture and Nationally Determined Contributions

“Climate Action for Agriculture in Asia: Strengthening the role of scientific foresight and CSA in addressing NDC priorities” – A regional Workshop

Since the Paris Agreement on Climate Change in December 2015, countries around the world have been working to do their part in curbing global warming to below 2oC. To meet these goals, countries have developed Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in an effort to promote transparency and accountability.

As one of the major contributors to climate change, the agricultural sector plays a significant role in countries commitments to their NDCs. Consequently, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, in collaboration with multiple organizations, will be organizing a regional workshop on this very topic. The event, entitled “Climate Action for Agriculture in Asia – Strengthening the role of scientific foresight and CSA in Addressing NDC priorities,” will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 10-12 October.

The event will be a convening of the FAO Global Alliance on Climate Smart Agriculture (GACSA). GACSA is a voluntary alliance of partners, dedicated to addressing the challenges facing food security and agriculture by tapping the wealth and diversity of resources, knowledge, information and expertise, from and between its members, in order to stimulate concrete initiatives at all levels. To achieve this, GACSA has 3 Action Groups targeting Investment, Enabling Environment, and Knowledge Action. AgMIP sits as a co-facilitator of the Knowledge Action Group on Integrated Planning and Monitoring for Climate Smart Agriculture.

AgMIP Rice Team co-leader Toshihiro Hasegawa, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization , Japan, will be speaking at the event. He will give a presentation on “Uncertainties and Knowledge Gaps in Predicting Agricultural Production and the Need for International Collaboration” during session 3: “Climate action in agriculture through development of foresight modelling and scenario analysis.”

The event’s ultimate objective is to enhance the regional communities understanding of the valuable role CSA could play in achieving mitigation and adaptation priorities highlighted in the NDCs of Asian countries and strengthening actions in the agriculture and land-use sectors under the Paris Agreement, through the use of foresight modelling, among other goals.