To do this, Baranski says, countries need data to produce accurate national emissions estimates. When it comes to tracking something like AWD, countries need to carry out activities like national surveys to estimate the area of land using the technique. Developing country-specific emissions factors in line with international protocols is critical for countries to develop a more accurate greenhouse gas inventory. Regular data collection and management is important, as is coordination between ministries and research institutions to streamline data collection.
In Vietnam, the CCAC is working with the International Rice Research Institute and CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) to help the government assess mitigation options, develop a plan for implementation, and measure the impacts.
In spite of its importance and the fact that over half of all updated NDCs include improved livestock and grassland management, the climate finance available for agriculture is actually decreasing, said Martial Bernoux, Senior National Resources Officer at FAO.
“It’s a major gap that has to be addressed because that sector deserves funding and financial flows,” said Bernoux. “Countries are increasing their ambition but we need to have the corresponding funds if these are going to turn into action.”
“All this is working for the benefits of smallholders, there is better production for the farmer, better nutrition, better environmental benefits for all, and better life. Leaving no one behind is really what we want to achieve.”
This story was produced as part of a series of CCAC webinars looking at reducing methane from the three main human caused sources – agriculture, fossil fuels, and waste. You can find a recording of the original agriculture webinar here.