Written by Administrator Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:19
As the role of agriculture is now being discussed in the United Nations Framework Convention onClimate Change (UNFCC) and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) platforms for climate change are being questioned, there is a need to highlight and re-examine the system of agriculture that is sustainable and put ecological agriculture as the way forward.
The 17th annual meeting of Conference of Parties (COP) to the UNFCC to assess progress in dealing with climate change will be held in the sunny city of Durban, South Africa.
Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific (PAN AP), together with PCFS will organize a side event inside the COP 17 entitled “Weathering the Climate Crisis Through Ecological Agriculture” that will bring together small-scale farmers, practitioners of ecological agriculture, scientists and other sectors to provide alternatives to governments attending the UNFCCC meeting and provide a platform for other groups which are pushing for sustainable and genuine solution to climate change. It will be held on 1 December 2011, Thursday, from 15:00 – 16:30 at the Room 4 of the Durban Exhibition Centre.
Speakers from farmers’ organization in Africa, food sovereignty movement, and climate specialists from Europe will provide inputs. Copies of PAN AP case studies on community resilience of farming communities in select Asian countries will also be distributed in CD format.
Similarly, during the COP 17, IBON International will hold a mini-debate on climate financing entitled “Improving Development Effectiveness of Climate Financing: Challenges and Opportunities” that will tackle evolving climate financing architecture and the need for aid effectiveness to truly be responsive to people’s needs. It will be held on 3 December 2011, Saturday, from 11:30 – 13:00 in Room 2. Speakers will include resource persons from People’s Movement on Climate Change and PCFS.