South Africa's Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries organized a gathering this week of Africa's agriculture ministers to push for the inclusion of agriculture on The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) agenda. In the past, international climate change negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have failed to integrate agriculture into proposed climate treaties.
"Agriculture should be accorded the due priority it deserves, especially in Africa," said Tina Joemat-Pettersson in a Mail & Guardian interview. "In the primary text of climate change we have never seen a single line on agriculture and we need to change this to a global initiative."
The event, Climate-Smart Agriculture: A Call to Action (September 13-14 in Johannesburg, South Africa) was organized in part by the World Bank, the African Union and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad). ICCCFS organizers Gerald Nelson (IFPRI) and Bruce Campbell (CCAFS) attended the event to present new findings.