Nearly one year after the watershed COP21 Climate Summit in Paris, governments will again convene in Marrakech, Morocco for COP22 to move forward with the Paris Agreement and take stock of their collective efforts to curb dangerous climate change.
IFAD will be at COP22 to make the case for investing in smallholder farmers, both as a vital means of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly reaching zero hunger by 2030 (SDG2) and ensuring that smallholders are adequately supported so they can afford to adapt to changing climate patterns that will continue to impact on global food production.
Smallholder farmers worldwide are clearly on the frontlines of climate change. But they are far from victims: they are small businesses and excellent clients for climate finance investments that can lead to positive change. By directing climate-sensitive investment towards smallholder farms, we can establish a critical mass of productive and resilient farming systems. When smallholders have better access to weather information, a more diversified asset base, and are better connected with institutional and financial networks, they can help us feed a growing planet.
We want the international community to recognize smallholder farmers’ positive impact on food security, and help those on the front line of climate change to #AdaptNow.