C. Robinson/CIMMYT.

photo C. Robinson/CIMMYT.

The 2014 Climate Summit offers Africa the opportunity to endorse Climate-Smart Agriculture as one of the transformational actions needed to increase food security and nutrition and safeguard the environment.


“I challenge you to bring to the Summit bold pledges. Innovate, scale-up, cooperate and deliver concrete action that will close the emissions gap and put us on track for an ambitious legal agreement through the UNFCCC process.” – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

As the world gears up up for the United Nations Climate Summit to be held in New York on 23 September 2014, Africa is equally preparing to endorse Climate-Smart Agriculture as one of the transformational actions that are needed to increase food security and nutrition and safeguard the environment.

According to the UN, the 2014 Climate Summit “offers an outstanding opportunity for global leaders from governments, private sector, civil society and farmers to champion an ambitious vision, anchored in action that will drive a meaningful global agreement in 2015.”

Africa’s climate is changing and its human population is growing and will continue to grow to about 1.9 billion people by 2050 and to 4 billion by 2100, according to the Population Reference Bureau. The current agricultural practices in the different agro-ecological and farming systems are unable to keep pace with the changing climate and the massive population growth. Therefore, the Climate Summit will provide African leaders with an opportunity to identify and endorse transformative and climate-smart actions that can provide the impetus for agricultural development.

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