Jonny Casey, CASA’s climate change advisor, asks where agriculture was at COP26?
Despite agriculture being the most vulnerable sector to climate change impacts, particularly in low-income countries, and one of the largest global contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, it remains sidelined from the main negotiations.
Nonetheless, COP26 provided opportunities for organisations concerned about the impacts of climate change on smallholder farmers to highlight the centrality of agriculture to climate action. This included demonstrating exciting opportunities to address both adaptation and mitigation in agriculture.
The CASA Programme was at the forefront of these discussions. On Finance Day, Wednesday 3 November, the programme’s work on engaging investors to mobilise climate finance towards the $100bn per year climate finance goal was showcased with a video shown throughout the day at the UK Government Pavilion, at the heart of the event.
As CASA’s climate-smart agriculture advisor, I talked with attendees about the programme’s work throughout the day, including a number of government ministers from the UK and Uganda.
Currently, less than 0.1% of private climate finance is targeted at climate-smart agriculture across Asia and Africa, while overall private climate finance has remained stagnant over recent years.
Mobilizing investment is critical to address the dual challenges of adaptation and mitigation in the sector, and support smallholders and agribusinesses to thrive and be resilient to the challenges of climate change. The CASA programme prioritizes work on climate change – through investor-relevant research, technical assistance, and insights for policy-makers delivered as investor engagement events and climate-smart 4x4s.
Jonny Casey is CABI’s Climate Change Manager, and advises the CASA Programme on climate change.