UN Climate Change Conference | 1-12 November 2021

The UN Climate Change Conference features the 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the UNFCCC and meetings of the UNFCCC subsidiary bodies.

IFAD will be promoting the role of small-scale producers in climate change adaptation and mitigation and creating resilient food systems. Small-scale producers must be at the centre of climate change discussions as they are greatly underserved by climate finance. Bringing rural small-scale producers out of poverty and food insecurity will make positive, cascading contributions to meeting both the humanitarian and environmental goals of the 2030 Agenda.

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Pavilion Events

Wednesday, 3 November

A virtual field trip to Bangladesh at COP26: climate adaptation activities in the IFAD portfolio
09:00 GMT
Accompanied by Qasa Alom (climate documentary film maker and journalist) and Susan Beccio (IFAD), the audience will virtually travel to Bangladesh to meet and interact with project participants from two IFAD projects - on infrastructure and value chains - to see how they are empowered to adapt to climate change.

From knowledge to results to policies: Creating an evidence-base for supporting low-emission and resilient livestock development 
Demand for livestock products is predicted to significantly increase by 2030 (FAO 2018). Yet, the sector is a source of GHG emission contributing 14.5 per cent of global GHG emissions. However, a low-emission livestock sector is possible. Challenges to scaling up such examples will be identified and opportunities will be discussed. Special focus will be on IFAD’s work in collaboration with GIZ and FAO in using measurement and assessment tools to mobilize investments, leading up to policy formulation that can support resilient and low-emission livestock development.

Scaling up private sector investment to promote Smallholder farmers climate adaptation and resilience
Increasing negative effects of climate change call for investors to include climate risks in credit assessments. The panel will discuss how comprehensive data collection and synthetic data could bridge the gap between perceived and real risks, develop reliable credit ratings and make investment vehicles attractive for investors through credit enhancements.

Payments for Ecosystem Services, what works and what doesn’t
Learning from PES experiences: Lessons learned from the implementation of Payment for Environmental Services to build back with equality and resilience.

Thursday, 4 November

Evidence-based transformative pathways for smallholder farmers’ resilience to climate change
09:00 GMT
An event based on a TV Talk Show model to bring out the evidence-based challenges and opportunities to arrive at win-win solutions to build smallholder climate resilience, while keeping the audience engaged and contribute to the event.

Public Development Banks’ access to climate finance for adaptation
11:30 GMT                   
The event aligns with the COP26 goal of catalysing trillions of private and public finance to achieve global net-zero carbon through PDB role in the growing international climate finance value chain from international investors through to the smallholders on the front lines of climate change.

How to learn lessons from development finance for a transformative climate finance in developing countries
14:00 GMT                              
Mobilizing climate finance is critical to supporting developing countries adapting to climate change, particularly for the benefit of small-scale producers who are the most in need. After decades of development finance, it is urgent to ensure that climate finance can adequately learn lessons from the delivery of development finance. Drawing from such lessons is key for IFAD, which has an ambitious target in terms of climate funds mobilized for the benefit of smallholder farmers, while continuing to play a key role in development finance.

Caribbean post-Covid-19 recovery in times of climate change
16:30 GMT
Caribbean post-Covid-19 recovery in times of Climate Change: driving COVID-19 recovery efforts through an adaptation and long term resilience building lens.

Friday, 5 November

The future of food systems: Game-changing innovations for inclusive transformation
09:00 GMT
The session will discuss inclusive and resilient food system transformation by unpacking the role of data and technological innovation; enabling policies, instruments, partnerships, investment. It will offer solutions on how to unlock the potential of food systems, what is needed to enable paradigm shift and how to bring solutions to farmers and food producers.

Climate change response through green jobs for youth
11:30 GMT

In a recent social dialogue IFAD had with youth partners, we asked them what they each thought was most important for promoting green growth and jobs in rural areas. The event will build on both IFAD’s technical expertise, donors’ perspective, and young people’s feedback to reflect and forge partnerships to identify, design and implement targeted solutions to promoting green growth and jobs for rural youth mobilise necessary investments.

Youth leading climate resilient food systems at global, national and local level
14:00 GMT                                  
Young people’s commitment to the well-being of the world is a fact. However, such ambitions must be met by opportunities to increase capacities and engagement. This event offers a platform for the representatives of young peoples from around the world to debate with Minister Roberto Cingolani, MiTE, Carlo Petrini, founder of Slow Food, and Gilbert Houngbo, President of IFAD, to discuss youth proposals for climate resilient food systems and agree on participants’ responsibilities and commitments.

Recipes for Change - Join weather presenter Clare Nasir and Chef Pierre Thiam as they meet farmers and cook the food, they are now growing to adapt to the changing climate
IFAD’s Recipes for Change series shines a spotlight on the threats that climate change brings to rural communities in the developing world. Join British TV weather presenter and author, Clare Nasir, and US chef, Pierre Thiam, as they talk about their virtual visits to Nepal and Chad and teaches us all how to make nettle curry and sesame fish with sorrel sauce.  

Saturday, 6 November

Securing land and natural resources to underpin agroecological adaptation strategies
11:30 GMT
Secure and equitable access to land and natural resources is a key factor in promoting sustainable farming systems underpinning agroecology, resilience and climate change adaptation throughout the developing world. The event will share lessons learnt from beneficiaries and partners involved in IFAD supported projects from different contexts.

Nature based solutions for climate adaptation and resilience in rural areas in the Eastern and Southern Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean regions
14:00 GMT                            
The event will be an exciting and interactive space to share innovations, best practices and lessons in Nature-based solutions (NbS) for climate resilience, including sustainable financing models for NbS and the role of SSTCs in the promotion of NbS.

Mobile pastoralism for climate change mitigation, ecosystem restoration and resilient food systems
16.30 GMT

Sustainable Pastoralism generates wealth at the cost of none and to the benefit of all. Pastoralists are strong allies who may play a vital role regarding global challenges, especially climate change. Recognizing the value of livestock mobility is essential to maintain healthy rangelands, resilience of both livelihoods and ecosystems in the face of climate change and disasters.

Monday, 8 November

Addressing the triple burden of climate change, conflict and malnutrition to improve prospects for peace
9:00 GMT

In this side event, organisations working at the nexus between climate resilience, food systems and conflict prevention will discuss how partnerships between humanitarian, development and research actors can contribute to multiple dividends for food security, climate resilience and peace –to help vulnerable countries, achieve the SDGs in a riskier world of more compound and cascading disasters.

Small islands, big challenges, bigger opportunities
11:30 GMT

IFAD experiences in supporting sustainable and climate-smart agricultural practices in SIDS have been assessed to extract lessons on business models and delivery mechanisms that are relevant for project practitioners and development partners across the globe. These build on existing capacities in SIDS, on the adaptation of proven successes, and on minimizing institutional, policy, and extra household factors that are disincentives to their wider uptake at different levels. 

Indigenous Peoples: strategic partners for financiers of climate adaptation
14:00 GMT

Despite being the least responsible for climate change, Indigenous Peoples are among the most affected because of their close inter-connection with nature. Based on their traditional knowledge they have been practicing various ecosystem-based adaptations. At this event Indigenous Peoples will share perspectives on how to pursue pathways for adaptation to climate change and effectively engage with development partners.

Koronivia experts dialogue on channels to unlock climate finance for adaptation and resilience in agriculture
16:30 GMT
This event will examine how to further unlock climate finance for adaptation and resilience in the agriculture sectors, with a particular focus on alignment with the Koronivia joint work programme on agriculture.   

Tuesday, 9 November

Call to action: recognizing women’s land rights as critical pillar for strengthening climate action
09:00 GMT                

The stakes are high: while securing women’s land rights fosters critical gains, from enhanced social status, to greater food security for families, neglecting to do so could have significant negative effects on the wellbeing of women, children and their greater communities. Rural and indigenous women’s security of tenure, especially for smallholder farmers, must inform ongoing climate change knowledge-generation, discussions, and interventions.

Rural Voices: On Air Dialogues with the people behind your plate
12:00 – 13:15 GMT

Radio gives small-holder producers a platform to share concerns and solutions with global decision makers on issues relevant to their rural communities. IFAD partnered with Farm Radio International to amplify rural voices through a series of on-air dialogues. This event highlights their thoughts on climate change and its impact.

Rural women at the forefront of climate resilience
14:00 GMT            
Gender inequality is a determinant of exposure to climate change risks for rural women and girls; however, given the significant role women play in agriculture and food security, they also have the potential to take forward adaptation measures as key agents of change.
This side event highlights the role of resilient food systems in meeting global climate change goals, driven primarily by women at the household, community, and country levels.

ShareFair on geospatial tools and applications for climate investments
16:30 GMT

Where are adaptation investments needed? What impact do adaptation interventions have? This ShareFair (a virtual marketplace) allows participants to get to know geospatial tools (for targeting, assessing vulnerability, and easily accessing useful geodata) and their applications (e.g., pasture conditions in Kyrgyzstan, vulnerability assessments in Yemen, and soil erosion in Lesotho).

Wednesday, 10 November

Securing land and territorial rights of indigenous peoples and local communities for climate change adaptation and resilience
09:00 GMT

Securing land and territorial rights that are people centred, gender just and age sensitive, provide an essential basis for indigenous peoples and local communities to contribute with nature-based solutions to Climate Change. The ILC- IFAD moderated roundtable discussion is aimed at influencing COP26 negotiations and raising the voice of indigenous peoples and local communities to demonstrate their contribution for countering the effect of climate change. 

FOODtalk on healthy planet and well-nourished people
11:30 GMT

The food we eat determines our health and that of future generations. How we grow, hunt, fish or gather it, how we process it and bring it to markets and the various choices we make along the food value chains affects the world around us. These relationships are the foundation of the climate-nutrition nexus. But, can we combine a healthy planet with well-nourished people? Interactive discussions and reflections from the country, technical and policy perspective.

Investing in and monitoring resilience for small-scale producers and rural communities
14:00 GMT

Small-scale producers and rural poor families are already and will continue to be the most severely impacted by climate events. But how can we support them in building their much needed resilience capacities at scale if we hardly know how to define them in practice and even less how to measure them? This event, hosted by IFAD, will discuss concrete tools and approaches to crack precisely this challenge.

Climate change and adoption of adaptation options: measuring, generating evidence and understanding drivers towards resilience
16:30 GMT

Climate change poses the greatest threat to rural small scale producers, particularly poor people and most vulnerable communities. Adapting to climatic changes and building resilience to shocks and anomalies is of utmost importance particularly among those who lack the resources. The event will present and debate concrete options and examples on what practical implementation means in terms of adoptions of adaptation options, of impacts of adoptions on production and resilience and on the role of behavioural and subjective perception versus what institutions can do to support or facilitate adoption and adaptation choices.

Thursday, 11 November

Scaling-up community driven innovations for inclusive climate change adaptation
09:00 GMT

The impacts of climate change on agriculture depend on contexts and farmers conditions. Investing in communities’ own capacities to experiment innovations and share knowledge can help address such complexity and respond to shocks. Parallel investments in grassroot capacities, partnership, knowledge network and digital innovations can de-multiply impacts and scale.

Driving adaptation and building climate resilience for rural communities: IFAD’s experience with partners in East and Southern Africa
11.30 GMT
IFAD and partners in East and Southern Africa share experiences in building rural resilience through agricultural risk management; to enable small-scale producers to adapt to changing climate, manage, mitigate and reduce the impacts of extreme weather events and access affordable insurance. The event will highlight the need for increased investment to secure rural livelihoods.

Indigenous-led climate adaptation for sustainable food systems, where are the resources
14:00 GMT
Indigenous Peoples are stewards of nature and holders of vast local knowledge and traditions that guide them in living interdependently with the environment. Indigenous food systems represent a treasure of knowledge that contributes to well-being and health, preserving a rich biodiversity, and providing nutritious food. This event will be a space to listen to indigenous peoples’ voices on how to better support their efforts and promote climate justice.

Latest News

Invest in gender equality to reduce climate change impacts on world’s poorest, says IFAD President on the International Day of Rural Women

October 2021 - NEWS
We need a significant boost in investments to close the gender gap otherwise rural communities will never bounce back from the impacts of climate change, warned Gilbert F. Houngbo, the President of IFAD, on the International Day of Rural Women.

If we lose biodiversity, we will not address climate change or hunger, warns IFAD report ahead of UN biodiversity conference

October 2021 - NEWS
If we continue to lose biodiversity, the world’s most vulnerable people will not be able to adapt to climate change nor sustainably produce food, according to a report released today by IFAD. The report also details the role that rural small-scale farmers play in protecting biodiversity.

African small-scale farmers use radio and mobile phones to send a message of optimism and caution to world leaders attending Food Systems Summit

September 2021 - NEWS
Small-scale farmers in sub-Saharan Africa are impacted disproportionately by climate change, poverty and undernutrition, yet a report released today shows many remain optimistic about the future of farming.

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