Source: Think Progress; AP Photo/ Bullit Marquez, File

Source: Think Progress; AP Photo/ Bullit Marquez, File

While agriculture was mentioned during the Paris talks at COP21, the final main text does not include actions on agriculture.

Some countries discussed agriculture in the individual climate pledges they made before the conference, known as INDCs. Food security is also mentioned in the preamble to the final text. However, the absence of having agriculture mentioned in the main text itself is causing concern for some.

From Think Progress: 

Despite claiming nearly half of the world’s land and accounting for one-third of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, food and agriculture had always played a secondary role in international climate negotiations, pushed aside in favor of discussions about energy and transportation.

“”As a farmer, I sense among my colleagues a growing frustration with this whole process,” Theo De Jager, president of the Pan African Farmers Organisation (PAFO), said during a panel on agriculture and climate change at the Global Landscapes Forum, a two-day event held in Paris during the climate conference. “If we can make such a difference in emissions, why aren’t we mentioned more specifically? There is no fraternity in the world who is more susceptible to climate change than farmers. There is also no fraternity in the world who can do more to decrease emissions over the shortest space of time, in a cheaper way, than we can.”

“Even if agriculture is not explicitly mentioned in an international agreement on climate change, that doesn’t necessarily forestall farmers, companies, and research groups from taking action to adopt the mitigation and adaptation strategies outlined in countries’ INDCs — but it does raise the question of where money for those strategies will come from.”

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