CGIAR Newsletter Highlights Agriculture’s Role in Adaptation and Mitigation
September 2009: The September newsletter of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) outlines contributions of member institutions to address the role of agriculture in climate change since UNFCCC COP 14 in Poznań.
The newsletter highlights the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) submission to the UNFCCC that suggests creating an agricultural initiative similar to Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD), establishing funding mechanisms to realize agricultural mitigation potential, and better integrating soil carbon sequestration into land use and land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) accounting. Bruce Campbell, Director of the CGIAR Challenge Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security, stressed that some adaptation activities can be addressed immediately through improved and better-coordinated research, systematic global data collection and dissemination, and strengthened knowledge of local conditions to be shared among similar environments. The newsletter also features an interview with Campbell and highlights the launch of CGIAR's Rural Climate Exchange blog. It underscores the blog's role in facilitating communication of relevant research among CGIAR staff and stakeholders. [CGIAR newsletter] [Rural Climate Exchange blog]