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Agriculture, Landscapes and Livelihoods Day – Ideas Marketplace

One of the changes to Agriculture, Landscapes, and Livelihoods day was to hold an ideas marketplace. Nine different organisations brought great ideas on how to tackle the challenges of climate change in agriculture. Numerous methods exist to address the dual goals of adaptation and mitigation. For example, the winning idea was presented by the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan. They are using bamboo charcoal as a renewable source of energy that is more sustainable than wood charcoal and firewood. It has a big impact on improving human health and better livelihoods for farmers, as well as reducing deforestation. You can see the presentation on this project as well as the nine others done in a rapid fire approach, with just five minutes each to present their ideas on agriculture and climate change at

A key challenge is to scale-up these types of solutions. Public-private-people partnerships should be the new paradigm to increase the uptake of solutions among the agriculture community. One other example that struck a chord with me was the work of SACAU to use farmer-led approaches to agricultural training.

Robynne Anderson

Robynne has extensive experience in the agriculture and food sector, working throughout the value chain – from basic inputs to farmers in the field to the grocery store shelf. She works internationally in the sector, including speaking at the United Nations on agriculture and food issues, and representing the International Agri-Food Network at the UN.Throughout her career she has worked with farm organisations like the Prairie Oat Growers Association, the National Smallholder Farmers Association of Malawi and the Himalayan Farmers Association, as well as global groups, to further the voice of agriculture in the food debate. She has also worked with Fortune 500 companies growing worldwide businesses to assist them with issues management and strategy decisions.

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