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It’s Down 2 Earth - Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change

31 October - 5 November 2010 | The Hague, Netherlands

Highlights for Wednesday, 3 November 2010

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Climate Change Policy & Practice
Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate ChangeOn Wednesday, the Conference discussed financing of climate-smart agriculture in a plenary session in the morning and in working group sessions throughout the day. In the morning plenary, the co-chairs of Working Groups 1 and 2 reported on Tuesday's working groups and a report from the investment fair was presented.

Four keynote speakers introduced the issues to be discussed during the day. Warren Evans, Director, Environment Department, World Bank, presented the World Bank’s climate finance instruments, including the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience and the BioCarbon Fund. Charlotte Streck, Director, Climate Focus, discussed the potential in linking agriculture and climate change and seizing financing opportunities such as that offered by the pledge by developed countries to provide US$10 billion in fast track funding. Stefan Baecke, Rabobank, described the Rabo Food and Agri Real-assets Management (Rabo FARM), and outlined enabling factors for increasing investment. Don McCabe, Canadian Federation of Agriculture, emphasized the role of policies in shaping markets and providing economic incentives to farmers. An outline of the roadmap was then circulated to participants by the Conference Secretariat.

The working groups discussed financing of agriculture for climate change mitigation and adaptation with presentations on: the REDD+ Partnership; index-based livestock insurance in Mongolia; financial policy measures for sustainable agriculture in the United States; a BioCarbon Fund project in Kenya; conservation agriculture in South Africa. They also heard presentations from Danone, Yara International, Meridian Institute and Kilimo Trust.

Various side events were organized throughout the day, and the Investment Fair focused on creative incentives to reduce the destruction of natural forests from major agricultural commodities.

Plenary Session
The dais during the morning plenary session. L-R: Hans Hoogeveen, Director General, Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation; Warren Evans, Director, Environment Department, World Bank; Charlotte Streck, Director, Climate Focus; Stefan Baecke, Rabobank; and Don McCabe, Ontario Federation of Agriculture.
Working Group 2 Co-Chair Yemi Akinbamijo, African Union Commission
Alejandro Silva’s presentation
Working Group 1 Co-Chair Alejandro Silva, Ministry of Agriculture, Lifestock and Fisheries, Argentina
Michael Jenkins, Forest Trends (right), reported from the Investment Fair, highlighting the commitment of the Dutch Government to provide seed funding for the “Food for All” project.

Charlotte Streck, Director, Climate Focus
Warren Evans, Director, Environment Department, World Bank
Don McCabe, Canadian Federation of Agriculture

Stefan Baecke, Rabobank, during his presentation on Rabo Food and Agri Real-assets Management (Rabo FARM)

Working Group 1
Knut Øistad, Deputy Director-General, Department of Forestry and Resource Policy, Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Norway, during his presentation on Norway’s International Climate and Forest Intitative

Ulziibold Yadamsuren, Project Director, Index Based Livestock Insurance Project, Mongolia, during his presentation on Weather-based Risk Insurance Measures

Bernard Giraud, Danone, during his presentation on Private Sector Partnership: Danone Fund for Nature

Michael Lesnick, Senior Partner, Meridian Institute, during his presentation on Options Assessment and Dialogue: Climate Change and Agriculture

Juergen Voegele, Director, Agriculture and Rural Development Department, World Bank, presented a film on land restoration.

Participants during the discussion
Jan McAlpine, Director, UN Forum on Forests Secretariat
James Lomax, UN Environment Programme
José de Deus Lima de Menezes, Chief of Department of Cooperation, São Tomé and Príncipe

Working Group 2
A.G. Kawamura, California Department of Food and Agriculture, United States, during his presentation on Financial Policy Support Measures for Sustainable Agricultural Practices
Wangu Mutua’s presentation
Wangu Mutua, Swedish Cooperative Centre-Vi Agroforestry Project, Kenya, during her presentation on Kenya Agricultural Carbon Project

Arne Cartridge, Yara International, during his presentation on Meeting the Global Climate Challenge through Core Business

Nic Opperman, Agri SA, South Africa, during his presentation on Innovative Ways of Climate-Smart Agriculture

Michael Kairimba, Kilimo Trust, Uganda

Participants during the discussion
Zénon Nsananikiye, Advisor, Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Burundi
Cristina Tirado, UN Standing Committee on Nutrition
Girma Balcha, Director, Climate Change Forum, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ethiopia

Around the venue
Participants reading Tuesday's IISD Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change Bulletin.
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