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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, forestry, and other land use are estimated to be responsible for ~23% of all greenhouse gases (GHGs) emitted worldwide, including roughly 40% of global black carbon emissions and half of all human-made methane emissions.
Safeguarding food security, reducing the vulnerability of food production systems, and ending hunger are seen to be fundamental priorities in the response to climate change. The goals of the Paris Agreement cannot be met without transformative changes in the agriculture sector. The incorporation of more ambitious, explicit, and directed actions within the agriculture sector in enhanced nationally determined contributions (NDCs) can play an important role in making this transition.
The Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), World Resources Institute (WRI) and Oxfam held a virtual event on the margins of the Annual Meeting of FAO’s Thematic Working Group on agriculture food security and land use. The aim of this event was to demonstrate how countries are reducing agricultural emissions of SLCPs to take action on climate and air pollution, with benefits for food security.