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Our Agriculture Initiative supports countries to identify increasingly ambitious actions, policies and targets across the food system. Guided by a priority to enhance food security and livelihoods, we demonstrate solutions to reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) that deliver quick benefits for the climate and air quality.
There are many practical options that improve resilience while reducing emissions in the agriculture, forest and land use and sector, and there are economic, environmental and social co-benefits that can accompany more ambitious immediate action.
- Qu Dongyu, FAO Director-General, at the CCAC 2019 High Level Assembly
Agriculture contributes around 11% of total anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. With land-use change, this rises to around 25%. The effects of climate change are already negatively impacting agricultural production, increasing hunger and hurting farmers.
Transforming the agriculture sector, and our global food system, to emit less and be more resilient is critical to ensuring food security and preserving the livelihoods of millions of farmers and food workers.
Our work aims to raise ambition in 2030 Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to include actions to reduce agricultural SLCP emissions. To get there, we are building a group of leaders in the field and raising awareness about the actions that can be taken now.
We assist countries with tools and capacity-building to identify increasingly ambitious actions, policies and targets, while also supporting strengthened coordination at the national level. To unlock the potential for scale-up, we work to marshall evidence that enables financing for large-scale climate impact.
The CCAC’s Agriculture Initiative can assist partners to set ambitious but realistic targets for their agricultural emissions.
- Aupito William Sio, New Zealand's Minister for Pacific Peoples, at the 2019 CCAC High Level Assembly
In order to raise ambition in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) we showcase best practices to reduce agricultural methane and black carbon emissions.
The practices we promote:
In addition to helping reduce the rate of near-term warming, these practices can provide immediate benefits for public health, food security and economic development.
Many of the practices will also lead to increased agricultural productivity, and contribute to the implementation of countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). That means they are also aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and low-emissions agricultural development.
The Agriculture Initiative supports increasingly ambitious actions, policies and targets across the agriculture sector in four focus areas: enteric methane, rice, manure, and burning. Our key achievements include:
Funding (as of Oct. 2020): US$8.5 million
Co-funding (as of Oct. 2020): Over US$1.8 million
Catalyzed funding (as of Oct. 2020): US$1.1 million
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Our Agriculture Initiative supports countries to identify increasingly ambitious actions, policies and targets across the food system. This infosheet outlines the Agriculture Initiative's...
The website, fao.org/in-action/enteric-methane/en/, provides information and findings from the FAO project working on beef production systems in South America and Dairy Production systems in...
This website serves as an information kiosk for greenhouse gas emissions and mitigation options in rice production systems. It covers rice management practices, data on biophysical and...
The Manure Knowledge Kiosk is a platform for knowledge exchange, outreach and capacity building on integrated manure management. The kiosk is supported by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC...
This site displays analyses from the Global Methane Assessment: Benefits and Costs of Mitigating Methane Emissions, which provides an in-depth analysis of opportunities to reduce methane...
The Department of Crop Production of Viet Nam, in collaboration with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and the Climate & Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) organized a workshop to...
Reducing agricultural emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) like methane and black carbon, is vital if the world is to keep warming to 1.5°C by the end of the century. Agriculture,...
A selection of charts, infographics and maps from the Global Methane Assessment are available for download below.
The Climate and Clean Air Coalition and UN Environment Programme's...
As part of the NDC Partnership Climate Action Enhancement Package (CAEP), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in partnership with the Climate and Clean Air Coalition...
The Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) participated in the 6th Annual ASEAN Climate Resilience Network (ASEAN-CRN) meeting. Hosted virtually by the Malaysian Agricultural Research and...
Reducing human-caused methane emissions is one of the most cost-effective strategies to rapidly reduce the rate of warming and contribute significantly to global efforts to limit temperature rise...