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The Road to the COP 28

2022 was arguably food and agriculture’s breakout year on the climate scene, riding on the wave of the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit.

With food systems generating up to a third of all greenhouse gas emissions, there was clear shift in the global climate change discussions at Sharm el-Sheikh. Food and agriculture’s position as both a problem and a solution to the climate change crisis was strongly acknowledged across all corridors at COP 27.

Agriculture was one of the headline issues in the Sharm el-Sheikh Implementation Plan, establishing a four-year joint work plan to ensure that food and agriculture remain on the international climate agenda in the coming years. In addition, several major international food and agriculture initiatives, such as the Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM for Climate), the Egyptian presidency’s Food and Agriculture for Sustainable Transformation Initiative (FAST) initiative, and the US-led Global Fertilizer Challenge were launched at COP 27.

In the lead-up to COP28, to be hosted by the United Arab Emirates, climate stakeholders are consolidating and expanding gains in agricultural innovation to address climate resilience and mitigation.

The COP28 Presidency is engaging Parties throughout the year at ministerial, Head of Delegation and technical levels to lay the groundwork needed to deliver a successful COP 28 that drives global transformation towards a low-emission and climate-resilient world, fosters ambitious climate action and facilitates implementation, including the related support.

Parties and observers have been invited to submit views on elements concerning the four-year Sharm el-Sheikh joint work on implementation of climate action on agriculture and food security. The new joint work aims to coordinate climate action in agriculture and provide support and technical advice to UNFCCC parties and bodies while enhancing research and development in the field.

COP28 presents a forward momentum to unlock more ambitious climate action and support. Parties will need to develop concrete plans and actions to reduce their emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Emerging Ag continues to support its partners by developing and deploying tailored solutions to become more efficient, resilient, inclusive, and sustainable to the climate crisis.

Through our engagement work, we are actively advancing dialogue around climate action across sectors and stakeholders, positioning our partners at the forefront of efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Some of the key platforms include the following:

Lufingo Mwamakamba

Lufingo is the Stakeholder Engagement Manager at Emerging ag. He has over 15 years of experience in developing and facilitating strategic partnerships and engagements, with a particular focus on food systems, climate change, and sustainable development. 
Prior to joining Emergin ag, he served as the Regional Alliances Leader for the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture (GACSA) at the Food, Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. He previously served as the Director for Corporate Affairs and the Partnerships Manager at the pan-African, Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN).
Lufingo is a Tanzanian national who has lived, worked, and studied in South Africa, Italy, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Zimbabwe, and Kenya. He holds an MSc in Health Promotion and Public Health from Brunel University, London UK, a post-graduate Specialization in Administration from the Faculdades Oswaldo Cruz, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and a BSc in Zoology from the University of East Africa, Baraton – Eldoret, Kenya.

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