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Agriculture Essential for Climate Action and Zero Hunger

The High-Level Roundtables on Climate Action for Zero Hunger took place on 14 November 2017, in Bonn, Germany, on the sidelines of the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP23) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Hunger, poverty and climate change must be tackled together. The high-level roundtables on climate action for zero hunger offered a forum to discuss how effective scaled-up action can supported and sustained to tackle hunger, poverty and climate change together.

On the sidelines of COP23, CCAFS and partners organized a series of events which highlighted agriculture’s centrality to any debate on climate change. “Agriculture Advantage: The case for climate action in agriculture” is an initiative and collaborative effort between different organizations with the same mission to transform agricultural development in the face of climate change. The events helped articulate the different dimensions of climate actions in agriculture, including: gender transformation, response to increasing pressure on land and water, achieving mitigation co-benefits, strengthening policy processes through science, genetic diversity, and building the case for business action. 

Anette Engelund Friis, CCAFS Head of Partnerships and Outreach, captured the essence of the day’s key messages in her piece for Huffington Post “Let’s make the case for agriculture undeniable at the UN climate talks”. She stated, “It’s time for action. It’s time to realize our agriculture advantage.”

Learn more about the discussions at COP23 here


Isabelle Coche

Isabelle has significant experience in advocacy and communications at the international and regional levels, and a broad knowledge of development and agriculture issues acquired through previous work in international organisations, private sector and NGOs. She has also successfully led key public affairs projects in highly sensitive issues, such as agricultural biotechnology and intellectual property rights. Isabelle holds a master in gender studies from the London School of Economics and a BA Honours in Political Science and Economics from McGill University. She has lived and worked in Africa and Asia and speaks fluently English and French.

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