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Global food production needs to increase to feed the 9 billion people living on the planet in 2050. Yet the agricultural sector is highly vulnerable to climate change and contributes significantly to GHG emissions. Agricultural systems thus need to evolve towards increased resilience and efficiency. Photo: FAO/G. Napolitano

Deadline for applications is now closed.

The list of selected Initiative will be made public

The French Ministry of Agriculture, Agrifood and Forestry, as official Organizer for the ’LPAA Focus on Agriculture’, has launched a new call for expression of Interest to identify possible multi-stakeholder, ambitious and concrete initiatives to be included in the LPAA.

The Lima-Paris Action Agenda

The Lima-Paris Action Agenda is a joint undertaking of the Peruvian and French COP presidencies, the Executive Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the UNFCCC Secretariat.

The Lima-Paris Action Agenda is the fourth pillar of the Paris “Climate Alliance”, which is the proposed outcome envisaged by the French Government at COP21. The four pillars are a new universal climate change agreement to enter into effect in 2020; a robust set of national climate plans, known as intended nationally-determined contributions (INDCs), contributed by all; a strong confirmation of the determination of developed countries to mobilize support for developing country actions ; and a recognition of the enormous groundswell of non-state action and the many non-state pledges that have been made alongside calls for further action, of which the LPAA is a central part.

The LPAA will strengthen these objectives by:

  1. Mobilizing robust, collaborative climate initiatives and engagement from non-state actors.
  2. Providing enhanced support to existing climate initiatives, including those launched during the Climate Summit of the UN Secretary-General in September 2014.
  3. Engaging with new partners and providing a platform to increase the visibility of their actions, commitments and results in the run up to COP21.

Focus on Agriculture

Avoiding dangerous levels of climate change is essential for eradicating poverty and achieving truly sustainable development that benefits all people and the planet. Actions and multiple commitments have grown in recent years. But new and transformational action is still needed to put the world on course for a less than 2 degree pathway.

Agriculture is a key sector to achieve both food security and the 2 degree target:

  • According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the effects of climate change on crop and food production are already evident in several regions of the world, with more negative effects more than positive ones, especially by the end of the century. The future increased exposure to climate risks is a significant threat to the potential for increasing food security and reducing poverty amongst low-income agricultural-dependent populations. Solutions do exist to reduce the negative impacts of climate change on food security but effective adaptation strategies need to be scaled up.
  • Agriculture and land-use change (often linked to agriculture expansion), are also a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, responsible for around 24 % of total GHG emissions. Agriculture has therefore an important role to play to reduce carbon concentration in the atmosphere, without threatening food security It is crucial to showcase existing opportunities to reduce greenhouse gases emissions compared to expected trends without threatening food security.

The LPAA Focus on Agriculture aims to show that the transition to a climate-resilient and low-GHG agriculture is feasible and already underway by showcasing existing solutions.

Criteria

The selection of initiatives will be made by the Steering Committee of the LPAA and based on several criteria.

Hence, the submitted initiatives should be:

  • concrete : measurable commitments, progress or results
  • science-based
  • ambitious : expected signifcant impacts on food systems
  • inclusive : ensure a proper balance between regions and different types of actors

The initiatives have to focus on robust and evidence-based solutions and based on implementation strategies.

The initiatives can be cooperative or individual ones but the commitments taken should be register on the NAZCA platform (http://climateaction.unfccc.int/)

The initiatives have to specify their expected transformational impacts on the food system and outline the expected progresses. Initiatives can focus on any step of food value chains from agricultural production to final consumption.

Selected initiatives will be labelled and presented at the “Agriculture Action Day” organized on December 1 2015 during COP21 in Paris.

Submitting an initiative

Potential applicants are asked to fill in and submit the dedicated application form. Submissions may start from the date of publication on our web site.

Applications must be sent to: 4p1000.dgpe@agriculture.gouv.fr

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