Agriculture, Climate Change and Food Security at COP 16

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Agriculture and Rural Development Day (ARDD) 2010, was held on 4 December 2010.  It is the second year that this activity has been featured parallel to the United Nation Climate Change Conference, COP16, and (29 November – 10 December 2010), where over 400 researchers, government representatives, farmers, the private sector, NGOs,  and representatives of international agencies met to discuss and propose strategies to bring agriculture sector adaptation and mitigation strategies to the forefront of the global climate treaty negotiations.

According to the organizers “It demonstrated that agriculture is where climate change, food security, and development intersect”  The participants also “advocated for a COP decision on a work program for agriculture and at the same time looked beyond the negotiations”.

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) was among the many sponsors of the event which also included the UK Department for International Development (DFID), European Union (EU), the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

ARDD 2010 was co-hosted by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security, the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development, and the Mexican Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA).

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) was one of a number of agencies which organized the event.  Other organizers included the Earth System Science Partnership; the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN);  Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); the International Federation of Agricultural Producers; Oxfam; the University of Leeds; the World Bank; and the World Food Programme.

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Further information on COP16 and climate change may be found at: