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The challenge of adapting to climate change and producing more food

The Americas is a region that is key to the world’s food and nutrition security and its environmental sustainability. The Western Hemisphere produces approximately 28% of the planet’s agrifood exports, which in turn make a significant contribution to the region’s economy.

Agrifood systems in this region are facing daunting, climate change-related challenges, among them the need to produce using fewer natural resources and protecting the livelihood of millions of people, considering that the sector employs approximately 30% of the population of several countries in the Americas.

Climate change adaptation efforts should take into account the region’s producers, beginning with family farmers.

The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) is taking this powerful message from its member countries to international climate negotiations.

Home of Sustainable Agriculture of the Americas

El IICA, junto con los ministerios de Agricultura de los países de las Américas y otras organizaciones aliadas, instalan en la Conferencia de las Partes (COP28) de Dubái este pabellón para albergar las discusiones de alto nivel sobre el rol de la agricultura regional en el combate al cambio climático.

The underlying thrust of this initiative is embodied in three key messages:

• Farmers should be central to all efforts,
• Decisions must be science-based and
• Agriculture should play a role in climate solutions.

We have stressed the immense opportunities for agriculture of the Americas to become more sustainable, productive and resilient, while strengthening its position as the guarantor of global food security and a source of rural employment and well-being.

What is the COP?

The Conference of the Parties (COP) is the supreme political body of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which has 197 State Parties.

It holds a Summit once per year and global conferences in which technical experts, ministers, heads of state and representatives of non-governmental organizations take part. The decisions adopted at these meetings, aimed at achieving objectives in the fight against climate change, can only be taken unanimously by the Parties.

COP first met in Berlin, Germany in 1995 and the twenty-eighth edition will take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 30 November to 12 December 2023.

Just as the COP Presidency rotates among the five recognized United Nations (UN) regions, that is Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Central and Eastern Europe and Western Europe and others, the venue of COP also rotates among these regional groups.

The last LAC country to hold the presidency was Chile for COP25, although the meeting was held in Spain. Peru, Mexico, Canada and Argentina are other countries in the region that have hosted the event.

About the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an international treaty that provides a general framework designed to help countries tackle the challenges posed by climate change.

It has near-universal membership. The 197 countries that have ratified it are called Parties to the Convention.

The UNFCCC entered into force in March 1994, with the aim of stabilizing greenhouse gas concentrations at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic (human-induced) interference with the climate system.

It states that “such a level should be achieved within a time-frame sufficient to allow ecosystems to adapt naturally to climate change, to ensure that food production is not threatened, and to enable economic development to proceed in a sustainable manner”.

The Paris Agreement, adopted at the COP held in 2015, is the main treaty within the framework of the UNFCCC. It calls for action by all the countries to prevent the increase in the average global temperature from exceeding 2ºC compared to pre-industrial levels, and the promotion of additional efforts that will keep the rise in global temperature below 1.5ºC.

Home of Sustainable Agriculture of the Americas

The pavilion hosted by IICA and its partners at COP28 in Dubai (United Arab Emirates) is meant to serve as a platform to demonstrate and raise awareness of the role of agrifood systems of the Americas as a catalyst for climate solutions.

Named the Home of Sustainable Agriculture of the Americas, the pavilion seeks to give greater visibility to the contributions of producers and other regional agricultural stakeholders to overcoming climate change. It also seeks to generate new international partnerships to fund, accelerate or scale up the implementation of actions related to:

• producers’ views and leadership in tackling the climate crisis;
• Food security and resilience;
• Mechanisms to drive innovation, science, funding and markets for climate action;
• Solutions for the meat and dairy sectors, crops, soils, water and others; and
• Policy innovation for action.

The climate actions presented at the pavilion will pursue various goals, including adaptation, mitigation, soil health, water management, preservation of biodiversity, restoration of degraded areas and livelihoods, and measurement and monitoring of benefits.

Partners

The fulfillment of the Paris Agreement objectives is dependent on the contributions of agrifood systems of the Americas. The partners involved in the Home of Sustainable Agriculture of the Americas seek to foster the sector’s proactive participation in national and international climate processes, not only at COP meetings, but throughout the year as well.

The following partners collaborated with IICA to install the Home of Sustainable Agriculture of the Americas pavilion at COP28 in Dubai:

Main Sponsors

Sponsors

Partners

Media Partners

Agenda

  • DEC 2
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  • DEC 10
  • DEC 11

DEC 2

10:30 - 11:30 (GMT+4)

Solution from the Land

Strengthening collection, analysis and use of agriculture and food system data for sdg attainment
13:30 - 14:30 (GMT+4)

Canadian Ornamental Horticulture Alliance (COHA)

Ornamental horticulture solutions that contribute to the resilience of the rural and urban environment
15.30 - 16:30 (GMT+4)

Ministry of Agriculture - Brazil

Transparency and Sustainability in Production Chains in the Amazon
17:00 - 18:00 (GMT+4)

Emerging Ag

Harmonizing Climate Efforts & Food Security: Perspectives from the Americas and Beyond in the SSJW Framework

DEC 3

10:30 - 11:30 (GMT+4)

IICA

Creating enabling environments to catalyze NDC implementation: A look at private and public linkages to improve the climate Action in LAC region within the context of more sustainable agri-food systems.
12:00 - 13:00 (GMT+4)

World Farmers' Organization

Harvesting Hope: Empowering Youth for Agricultural Sustainability
15:30 - 16:30 (GMT+4)

Clean Cooking Alliance

Clean Cooking as a Catalyst for Sustainable Food Systems
17:30 - 18:30 (GMT+4)

IICA

Livestock and climate change in the Americas: towards low-carbon development models

DEC 4

9:00 - 10:00 (GMT+4)

IICA

The role of liquid biofuels in the decarbonization of the transportation sector
10:30 - 11:30 (GMT+4)

GCIAR

Unleashing the power of crop diversity for climate resilience in LAC
12:00 - 13:00 (GMT+4)

Solutions from the Land

Circular Bioeconomy Systems for Concurrently Delivering Agroecosystems Services and Food & Nutrition Security
13:00 - 14:00 (GMT+4)

IICA

MOU signing ceremony - WTO
15:30 - 16:30 (GMT+4)

Rabobank

Empowering Tomorrow's Harvest: Unveiling the Impact of Youth-Led Projects on Sustainable Agriculture

DEC 5

9:00 - 10:00 (GMT+4)

WWF

Catalyzing Change: Building Inclusive Governance for Sustainable Food Futures
10:30 - 11:30 (GMT+4)

FILAC

Indigenous resilience and technological innovation safeguarding food security
12:00 - 13:00 (GMT+4)

Nutrien

Navigating to Net Zero: Elevating Sustainability in Agri-food Supply Chains through Focused SCOPE 3 Interventions
13:30 - 14:30 (GMT+4)

IICA

Circular economy: challenges for the global agri-food system
15:30 - 16:30 (GMT+4)

IICA

MoU signing ceremony IICA - PISLM
17:00 - 18:00 (GMT+4)

“4 per 1000” international Initiative

How to help farmers contribute to climate change through Soil health regeneration?

DEC 6

9:00 - 10:00 (GMT+4)

Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef

Global Livestock Industry Commitments to Mitigation and Adaptation at Scale
10:30 - 11:30 (GMT+4)

Smart Prosperity Institute, Natural Step Canada

CANADA'S EARTHSHOT: A NET-ZERO AGRI-FOOD SYSTEM Canadian Alliance for Net-Zero Agri-Food
13:30 - 14:30 (GMT+4)

CACCI

Implementing CACCI (Climate Action) in Asia and LAC - A south- south Discussion-
15:30 - 16:30 (GMT+4)

IICA

Implementing the Agricultural Elements of the NDC and Enhancing Ambition for Greater Adaptation and Mitigation Action in the Agriculture Sector
17:00 - 19:00 (GMT+4)

CropLife International

Celebrating Agricultural Innovation in the Americas - Reception

DEC 8

9:00 - 10:00 (GMT+4)

IICA

Agri-cafe of the Americas
10:30 - 11:30 (GMT+4)

CropLife International

Working together to improve climate resilience on farm
13:30 - 15:00 (GMT+4)

NAMI/Protein PACT

Animal agriculture driving sustainability and food security solutions: principles, practices, and proof
16:00 - 17:00 (GMT+4)

Executive Secretariat of the CAC

Use of agroclimatic information to accelerate climate action in the SICA region: The experience of the Agroclimatic Technical Roundtables.
17:30 - 19:00 (GMT+4)

IICA

Living Soils of the Americas

DEC 9

9:00 -10:00 (GMT+4)

IICA

Agri-cafe of the Americas
10:30 - 11:30 (GMT+4)

U.S. Dairy Export Council

The Missing Perspective: Engaging Farmers in the Climate Conversation
12:00 - 13:00 (GMT+4)

BCIU/IICA

Sustainable AgriRevolution: Cultivating Positive Change
13:30 - 14:30 (GMT+4)

Executive Secretariat of the CAC

Nature-based solutions (NBS) from the AFOLU sector in Central America and the Dominican Republic.
15:30 - 16:30 (GMT+4)

IICA/Protein PACT/ILRI

Lowering Livestock Emissions: Innovations in Technologies, Policies and Finance
17:00 - 18:00 (GMT+4)

VCMI

Leveraging high integrity voluntary carbon markets in support of climate action and resilience in LAC food production systems.
18:30 - 19:30 (GMT+4)

Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef

The role of sustainable livestock management in restoring and improving grasslands

DEC 10

9:00 - 10:00 (GMT+4)

IICA

Agri-cafe of the Americas
10:30 - 11:30 (GMT+4)

CropLife International

Putting forward a definition for Regenerative Agriculture
12:00 - 13:00 (GMT+4)

Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)

Utilizing Biotechnology for Climate Resilience: Public Policy, Innovation, and Global Impact
13:30 - 14:30 (GMT+4)

Innovation Commission for Climate Change, Food Security, and Agriculture

Innovations in Agroforestry
15:30 - 16:30 (GMT+4)

U.S. Dairy Export Council

Pathways for Sustainable Livestock: Connecting Farmers, Scientists, Business, and the Public Sector
17:00 - 18:30 (GMT+4)

Southern Producer Countries Group

Adaptation, mitigation and carbon capture in climate-smart production systems: experiences and developments from Southern Cone countries

DEC 11

9:00 - 10:00 (GMT+4)

IICA

Agri-cafe of the Americas
10:30 - 11:30 (GMT+4)

Canadian Federation of Agriculture

Industry-Led Commitments to Agricultural Sustainability
12:00 - 13:00 (GMT+4)

OAS

Call to Action for the Americas
13:30 - 14:30 (GMT+4)

Solutions from the Land

Biofuels and the Circular Economy: A Roadmap to Net Zero
15:30 - 16:30 (GMT+4)

Dairy Sustainability Framework

Sustainable Dairy Production – GHG emissions and beyond!
17:00 - 18:00 (GMT+4)

Aapresid

Multi-stakeholder partnerships to favor the development of sustainable production models

10:30 AM (GMT+4)

Industry-Led Commitments to Agricultural Sustainability

Canadian Federetion of Agriculture, Global Roundtable of sustainable beef, Dairy farmers of Canada (tbd), COHA
12 PM (GMT+4)

Call to Action for the Americas

3:30 PM (GMT+4)

Pathways to Dairy Net Zero: Global Progress and Implementation in South America

GDP, NZAGRC, Dairy Farmers of America, Uruguay Gov (TBD), Costa Rica Gov (TBD).
5 PM (GMT+4)

Biofuels: Roadmap to net zero

Farmer*, POEM, ICM (TBD)

News

Documento presentado en el pabellón del IICA en COP28 muestra que emisiones de GEI adjudicadas a ganadería bovina no se contabilizan adecuadamente y son menores a las alegadas

El estudio, plasmado en el documento “Ganadería bovina y cambio climático en las Américas: hacia modelos de desarrollo bajos en carbono” de autoría del científico argentino Ernesto Viglizzo, advierte que las publicaciones que atribuyen a la ganadería bovina una parte significativa de la responsabilidad sobre el cambio climático son equivocadas porque le adjudican emisiones que no le corresponden, provenientes de otros sectores de la economía, como el industrial, el transporte, el residencial, la distribución o el consumo doméstico.

Rumbo a la COP28, el IICA destaca innovaciones de sector arrocero de Chile, que produce con menos agua y emisiones, y el INIA lleva esa experiencia a Filipinas

Actualmente, el INIA y el IICA desarrollan un proyecto en conjunto que prueba riego subterráneo y riego superficial por goteo en el arroz, realizado a diferentes distancias y profundidades.

En cuenta regresiva hacia COP 28, Director General del IICA reafirma compromiso con combate a cambio climático y advierte que sector agroalimentario no puede estar ausente de negociaciones ambientales

El Director General del IICA, Manuel Otero, habló con medios de comunicación internacionales a horas del inicio de la Conferencia de las Naciones Unidas sobre Cambio Climático (COP 28), en Dubái, Emiratos Árabes Unidos.

News

In the countdown to COP 28, Director General of IICA reaffirms commitment to fighting against climate change and warns that the agrifood sector cannot be absent from environmental negotiations

The Director General of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), Manuel Otero, spoke with international media hours before the start of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP 28), in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Chile will arrive at COP28 with an increasingly sustainable dairy sector and, together with IICA, the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and Dairy Management Incorporated (DMI), shares good practices with Latin America

The pilot program began in 2022, and today there are more than three hundred dairy farms that have voluntarily completed the self-assessment process regarding the sustainability of their operations.

In preparation for COP28, the “IICA of Open Doors” consolidates its standing as a hub for agricultural innovation and sustainability in the Americas

IICA’s headquarters in Costa Rica has welcomed around 12,000 visitors in 2023, mostly children and young people, who have learned about the use of cutting-edge technologies and experimented with drones, robotics, 3D, satellite information and programming, all of which are essential tools for a more sustainable, attractive, dynamic, inclusive and profitable agriculture.

Notícia

Em contagem regressiva para a COP28, o Diretor Geral do IICA reafirma o compromisso com o combate à mudança do clima e adverte que setor agroalimentar não pode estar ausente das negociações ambientais

O Diretor Geral do IICA, Manuel Otero, falou com os meios de comunicação internacionais horas antes do início da Conferência das Nações Unidas sobre Mudança do Clima (COP28), em Dubai, Emirados Árabes Unidos.

Rumo à COP-28, o “IICA de Portas Abertas” se consolida como hub de inovação e sustentabilidade agropecuária das Américas

A Sede Central do IICA, na Costa Rica, recebeu em 2023 em torno de 12 mil visitantes, em sua maioria crianças e jovens, que aprenderam sobre o uso de tecnologias de ponta e fizeram experiências com drones, robótica, 3D, informações satelitais e programação, ferramentas indispensáveis para uma agricultura sustentável, atrativa, dinâmica, inclusiva e rentável.

O Diretor Geral do IICA apresentou aos embaixadores da América Latina e do Caribe nos Emirados Árabes Unidos o pavilhão que representará o agro do continente na COP28

O IICA, os governos dos seus 34 Estados-Membros e sócios estratégicos do setor privado terão um espaço na COP que será sede de discussões do mais alto nível sobre o papel da agricultura regional nos esforços de mitigação e adaptação.

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