Submission to UNFCCC on climate adaptation measures and productivity in agriculture

SBSTA 40 (the 40th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice, part of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change) has invited Parties and admitted observer organisations to submit their view on issues relating to the following:

– “Identification of adaptation measures, taking into account the diversity of the agricultural systems, indigenous knowledge systems and the differences in scale as well as possible co-benefits and sharing experiences in research and development and on the ground activities, including socioeconomic, environmental and gender aspects;
– Identification and assessment of agricultural practices and technologies to enhance productivity in a sustainable manner, food security and resilience, considering the differences in agroecological zones and farming systems, such as different grassland and cropland practices and systems.”

The Feasta Climate Group, in collaboration with Stop Climate Chaos, argue in this submission that the right to food needs to be at the heart of agricultural policy. Increased productivity is not a valid goal in itself. Emphasis should instead be placed on meeting nutritional needs, agro-ecology, closed-loop agriculture, gender rights and supporting small farmers.

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