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IFPRI Policy Briefs Lay out Agenda on Agriculture and Climate Change for Copenhagen

© IFPRI May 2009: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has released a collection of policy briefs addressing technical and policy issues on agriculture and climate change that should be addressed as part of a new international agreement on climate change.

The volume, titled “Agriculture and Climate Change: An Agenda for Negotiation in Copenhagen,” comprises 12 policy briefs covering issues such as: agricultural science and technology needs for mitigation and adaptation; mitigation through tree and soil management; the potential for soil carbon sequestration; mitigating emissions from livestock systems; monitoring, reporting and verification methodologies in agriculture, forestry and other land uses; and the role of international trade.

The briefs are preceded by an overview piece summarizing the major issues that should be addressed in the Copenhagen climate change negotiations. It provides a number of suggested negotiating outcomes, including: funding for research on interactions between agriculture and climate change, infrastructure and institutional innovation, and cost effective mitigation options; funding mechanisms that recognize synergies between mitigation and adaptation, as well as the connection between pro-poor development policies for sustainable growth and sound climate change policies; and innovative payment mechanisms and support for novel institutions for agricultural mitigation. The overview piece concludes that including agriculture in the ongoing negotiations would provide a unique opportunity to combine low-cost mitigation and essential adaptation outcomes with poverty reduction. Several of the policy briefs were also presented during a panel discussion on including agriculture and land use in the negotiations in climate change, held in Washington DC, US, on 28 May 2009. [The Volume] [Videos of the panel discussion]