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Agriculture is finally on the agenda!

In an iconic decision at COP 23, negotiators in Bonn agreed to new negotiation processes to “jointly address” a number of new agriculture topics – for the first time naming agriculture directly in the agreement. Agriculture was finally recognised as being not just an emitter, but, with the right practices and technologies, an important contributor to reducing emissions that cause climate change. If these practices and technologies are fully embraced, agriculture can achieve approximately six per cent emissions reduction and substantially help the world stay below a 2-degree temperature rise. The decision asks for reports back in three years at COP26 in 2020. If the process is successful, countries should then have more know how at their disposal to take action in their respective agriculture sectors in the post-2020 climate regime. At the moment, there is no clear guidance on how they might take such action, nor are there incentives for them to do so. ...

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Germany pledges €20 million at COP 23 to help smallholders fight climate change

IFAD Associate-Vice President, Périn Saint Ange At COP 23 the German government announced that it is pledging €20 million in climate finance to the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to help smallholder farmers in developing countries deal with the impacts of climate change and improve their food security. “With this financial pledge from the Federal Republic of Germany, IFAD will be able to channel additional resources to those who need it most,” said IFAD Associate-Vice President, Périn Saint Ange. “These funds will not only help in our efforts to adapt smallholder agriculture to climate change but they will have additional benefits related to other important cross-cutting issues like gender equality, youth unemployment and nutrition security,” added Saint Ange. Building on the success of IFAD's Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme (ASAP), IFAD is now working to integrate climate...

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Peru: The Majaz case

In 2001, Monterrico Metals plc., acquired 8 mining concessions in Peru, one of which concerns the Río Blanco project in the north of Peru. If everything goes as planned, said project will involve opening one of the largest open pit copper mines of Peru, clearing the way for a large-scale mining district in the High Amazone region with serious social-economic and ecological consequences.

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Producing climate smart cassava in Mozambique

As climate change continues to devastate rural farming, one IFAD project is using stem plantation to help farmers adapt.

Over 400 million poor rural people have participated in programmes and projects supported by IFAD and partners around the world, and they all have stories to tell. Here are some of those stories, featuring women and men who are working to overcome poverty and determine the direction of their own lives. These ground-level accounts of hope and empowerment reside on the Rural Poverty Portal, powered by IFAD.

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