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It’s Down 2 Earth - Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change

31 October - 5 November 2010 | The Hague, Netherlands

Highlights for Tuesday, 2 November 2010


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Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate ChangeOn Tuesday, participants convened in a plenary session in the morning and in working group sessions throughout the day. In the morning plenary, the co-chairs of Working Groups 1 and 2 reported on Monday’s working groups’ outcomes. Michael Jenkins, Forest Trends, reported that during the investment fair on Monday US$1.5 million was committed by the Rockefeller Foundation for three new projects addressing climate change and agriculture in Africa.

Participants then heard four keynote addresses. Dennis Garrity, World Agroforestry Centre, showcased an example of climate-smart agriculture providing solutions to food scarcity by intensifying agriculture systems and increasing drought resilience. Martin Kropff, Wageningen University and Research Centre, the Netherlands, described challenges for agriculture solutions to climate change, including: developing land specific production systems; reducing methane emissions from rice; fixing carbon with grassland; and building low-emission animal production systems. Ralph Ashton, Terrestrial Carbon Group, noted the need to optimize land use to meet multiple demands on land, such as food and biofuels production, and introduced the Land 2050 Initiative, which he said is being developed to deliver solutions. Ben Tax, Rijk Zwaan, the Netherlands, emphasized the role of the plant breeding industry for global food security and noted the risk posed by the patenting of genetic material to the capacity of the industry to continue to innovate in a competitive way.

The morning working group sessions addressed policy measures for agriculture innovation, and successes and challenges in adaptation and mitigation, with presentations from Malawi, Chile, Nepal and Niger. In the afternoon working group sessions, after hearing presentations from Albania, Republic of Korea, India, Morocco, New Zealand and Zambia, participants discussed tools and methodologies to support climate change mitigation and adaptation measures.

Various side events were organized throughout the day, and the investment fair focused on managing carbon emissions through supply chains.

Plenary Session
The dais during the morning plenary session. L-R: Hans Hoogeveen, Director General, Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation; Chair Henk Bleker, Minister for Agriculture and Foreign Trade, the Netherlands; Dennis Garrity, Director General, World Agroforestry Centre; Ralph Ashton, Chair, Terrestrial Carbon Group; and Ben Tax, CEO, Rijk Zwaan, the Netherlands.
Working Group 1 Co-Chairs Alejandro Silva, Ministry of Agriculture, Lifestock and Fisheries, Argentina, and Jamshed Merchant, Agriculture and Agri-Food, Canada
Working Group 2 Co-Chair Yemi Akinbamijo, African Union Commission
Michael Jenkins, Forest Trends
Dennis Garrity, Director General, World Agroforestry Centre
Participants during Dennis Garrity’s presentation

Martin Kropff, Wageningen University and Research Centre, the Netherlands

Ralph Ashton, Terrestrial Carbon Group

Ben Tax, CEO, Rijk Zwaan, the Netherlands

Working Group 1
Erica Maganga, Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, Malawi, during her presentation on Technologies and Best Practices to Combat Climate Change, Increase Agricultural Productivity and Enhance Food Security: African perspectives

Reinaldo Ruiz, Professor of Economics, University of Talca, Chile, during his presentation on Measures for Watershed Management: the Chilean experiences

Arsen Proko, Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Water Administration, Albania, during his presentation on Community Participation in the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources

Chang-Gil Kim, Korea Rural Economic Institute, during his presentation on Green Growth Strategies of Agriculture in Korea

Paramjit Singh Minhas, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, during his presentation on Climate Change Impacts on Indian Agriculture and Mitigation Strategies

Participants during the discussion
Carlos Pagador, Head of the National Water Authority, Peru
Doreen Stabinsky, College of the Atlantic
Apichart Jongskul, Office of Agricultural Economics, Thailand

L-R: Canadian delegates Marie Boehm and Alexandra Conliffe

Working Group 2
Purushottam Mainali, Ministry of Agriculture & Co-operatives, Nepal, during his presentation on Innovative Approach to Global Challenges

Amadou Souley, National Council on the Environment for Sustainable Development, Niger, during his presentation on Integrated Food Security and Climate Resilience Through the Pilot Programme on Climate Resilience

Riad Balaghi, National Institute for Agricultural Research, Morocco, during his presentation on Technologies for Agricultural Water Management

Julie Collins, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, New Zealand, during her presentation on Livestock Systems and Climate Change - A Policy Response

Coillard Hamusimbi, Head, Zambia National Farmers Union, during his presentation on Conservation Agriculture: A practical example of climate-smart agriculture (the Case of Zambia)

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Participants during the discussion.

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