New study suggests ways to get the agriculture sector climate ready

By Lini Wollenberg, CCAFS

Donor support for “climate readiness” in the forestry sector is helping countries prepare "Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) programs. A new report, “Climate readiness in smallholder agricultural systems: Lessons learned from REDD+” by Monika Zurek, Charlotte Streck, Stephanie Roe and Franziska Haupt, examines the lessons learned from REDD+ readiness processes to inform the agriculture sector.

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Project: Low Emission Development Strategies and Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use

What is the challenge? It is now widely recognized that natural resource use in many developing countries, from crop production to deforestation, is responsible for the bulk of greenhouse gas emissions. We also know that in many countries, it is the agriculture and forestry sectors—not industry or transport—that provide low-cost mitigation opportunities. As countries experience economic growth, they are in a favorable position to adopt development pathways and production practices characterized by low Green House Gas (GHG) emissions. The main goal of this project is to provide an analysis of alternative development pathways in agriculture and forestry so that countries can choose among a portfolio of development strategies that weigh emissions reductions against possible tradeoffs in terms of agricultural output and revenues.