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Online Forum on Building climate resilient food systems based on the 10 Agroecology elements - Shared screen with speaker view
Raphaele Ng
01:02:46
Hi Tenzin, hi All, Raphaële Ng from Self Help Africa (https://selfhelpafrica.org)
Mary Sweeney
01:19:53
what are NDCs
Jonas Aechtner
01:20:18
Nationally Determined Contributions
Jonas Aechtner
01:20:34
https://unfccc.int/process-and-meetings/the-paris-agreement/the-paris-agreement/nationally-determined-contributions-ndcs
Mary Sweeney
01:21:02
Many thanks Jonas
Martin Herren
01:21:04
Nationally Determined Contributions: These are the country plans/promises in the next years how they want to address Climate change through adaptation and mitigation
Martin Herren
01:23:15
Link to climate resilience and agroecology study and summaries:https://www.agroecology-pool.org/climatechangereport/
Lorraine Potter
01:23:25
The recent CIDSE report finds that agroecology which is mostly practiced by smallholders and women, yet critical for food security during COVID-19 receives little funding:"As prominent public investors, the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the European Union (EU), European countries (EU Member States and others), the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have the potential to play a big role in supporting the transformation of our food systems. Unfortunately, our findings show that public money channelled towards agroecology is insufficient in quantity and quality:• Projects supporting transformative agroecology were only found in the GCF portfolio and represent 10.6% of the money invested in agricultural projects by the GCF. • Projects partially supporting agroecology represent only 2.7% of the EU funds channelled through FAO, IFAD and WFP projects between 2016 and 2018.• 79.8% of the EU funds channel
Fergus
01:24:57
@Ingrid - you mention 4.6 Gt of mitigation from avoided land use change - but there was 0.7 Gt from increased tree cover on agricultural land
Lorraine Potter
01:27:29
79.8% of the EU funds channelled through the FAO, IFAD and WFP and 79.3% of the GCF agricultural money flows are still targeting programmes and projects focusing on conventional agriculture and/or efficiency-oriented approaches (such as sustainable intensification)."In light of these figures showing the continued business as usual and industrial agriculture vested interests, what can be done to improve funding for agroecology?
Fergus
01:29:37
@Lorraine - DEVCO have just committed funding to development of holistic metrics for agricultural performance that would put agroecological approaches on a level playing field with alternatives
Lorraine Potter
01:30:43
Link to CIDSE report: Finance for Agroecology
Lorraine Potter
01:30:49
https://www.cidse.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/CIDSE-Agroecology-and-Finance-Briefing-Sept-2020-1.pdf
James Woodward
01:35:03
@Lorraine - the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission in the UK is looking at how public and private money could be directed to farmers through an Agroecology Bank. The Mad Agriculture's Perennial Fund seems like an interesting model for channeling private finance into helping farmers transition into agroecology farming systems
Ingrid Schulte (Climate Focus)
01:35:48
Hi @Fergus - thanks for the comment. I’m not sure which 0.7 you are referring to but we consider avoided land use change and increase tree cover (e.g. agroforestry) as different activities. In the report we also generally present two figures for each of the 16 activities, one for associated emissions and another for mitigation potential, which in some cases is a range. These are based on the available literature. Unfortunately I have to head to another call but if you have further questions please feel free to email me! (i.schulte@climatefocus)
Fergus
01:35:59
@Allan - what control do smallholder farmers have within the framework you describe - how does your scheme compare with others, such as FARMSHINE
Kaganga John
01:36:16
Hallo Allan,thanks for the presentation,am a smallholder farmer in Uganda,whatever you presented is100% true,can you send me your email and remain in touch;Am Kaganga John; johnkaganga@gmail.com
Abdoul Rasmane Bagagnan
01:37:52
How can Agroecology build the three resilience capacities such as robustness, adaptability and transformability? can we link specific agroecological options to each capacity?
Allan Mortensen
01:40:43
Hi Fergus - Farmshine is our implementing partner - this business model is a bit more simple than Farmshine - it focuses on the trading and storing and link to off taker. We obvisously take advantage of Farmshine's knowledge and some parts of their extensive platform. Our Chombo agents (doing the grain trading and relationship to the farmers) are less involved in the farmers compared to Farmshine - the footprint is less - and model (from my perspective is more scalable and profitable)
Allan Mortensen
01:41:03
Hi John - amo@vestergaard.comlooking forward to hearing from you
Pierre Ferrand
01:41:42
@Allan, is the system you promote relies as well in the price difference between harvest time and few months later like in warrantage / inventory credit schemes?
Allan Mortensen
01:43:19
Hi Pierre - we do several trading cycles at harvest and then store in hermetic bags in lean season to optimize profits on storage - this to optimize cashflow/profitability enabling profit share with farmers on platform.
Fergus
01:45:42
@Ingrid change in tree cover on agricultural land between 2000-2010 sequestered 0.7 Gt CO2 per year across the globe - Zomer, R. J. et al. (2016). Global Tree Cover and Biomass Carbon on Agricultural Land: The contribution of agroforestry to global and national carbon budgets. Nature - Scientific Reports 6: 29987
Martin Herren
01:51:01
Re financial support for Agroecology: see here a study on the degree to which Agroecology related research is currently funded and what the gaps are: https://www.agroecology-pool.org/moneyflowsreport/
Kaganga John
01:52:17
Ingrid and your team thanks for this virtual meeting,it has been so educative and informative,and i would like to remain in touch and in collaboration:johnkaganga@gmail.com
Martin Herren
01:57:22
Also, this report just published elaborates on the adaptation aspect related to Agroecology: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6722799735834451968/
Allan Mortensen
02:00:07
From private sector Chombo point of view we look at Diversity: Conversation farming where possible: focusing on mutual dry agricultural products not single outputs – ensuring yield/quality/income increase of small holder farmers linking them to off takersCo-creation, resilience and Synergies: Working with each farmer to optimize income via conservation farming, intercropping with focus on access to: quality inputs, capital, risk mitigation, upskilling quality and quantities and access to off takers – sharing the profits back to the farmer and increasing income for the farmer assists in resilience and creates a circular and solidarity economyRecycling: Chombo recycles its consumables in the countries where they are produced
Allan Mortensen
02:24:48
So important point Fergus - when we talk to off takers its quality increase they require not quantity as much - and much efforts is historically focused on quantity (like what has been done in Cocoa industry)
Allan Mortensen
02:32:47
@fergus - Great points again - The technology is there to show how much of the consumer price goes to small holder farmer - its really not difficult with traceability - and since so many public people are here - why not put this preassure on big buyers like WFP that when they buy - that they ask for and show what portion of the consumer price goes to the small holder farmer - this should be public information in their buying using public money - and motivate and assist countries to display this everywhere possible.
Martial Bernoux
02:35:06
Thanks to all! Keep safe