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Agriculture: More Productive, Resilient & Climate Friendly

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Andrew Steer, Special Envoy, Climate Change, addressing the Conference on Agriculture, Food Security, and Climate Change, The Hague, The Netherlands.

November 2, 2010

Faced with the growing problems of food security and climate change, agriculture must become more productive, more resilient and more climate friendly, said World Bank Special Envoy for Climate Change, Andrew Steer.

Speaking on October 31, 2010 at the opening of the International Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change in The Hague, Steer called on the international community to grasp the opportunities to link agriculture with the transition to lower carbon-emitting, climate resilient growth. “Let’s turn the promise of the "triple-win" into reality,” he said.

In his November 2 blog from the Conference, Steer points out that "farmers are under the greatest threat from climate change, but they could also play a major role in addressing it."

"Let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work to show how agricultural systems can be at the same time more productive, more resilient, and with a lower carbon footprint." 
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The World Bank is a partner in the conference which aims to develop a roadmap with concrete actions linking agriculture-related investments, policies, and measures with the transition to climate smart growth.

It is one of the first events to tackle these challenges together and the outcome will also feed into discussions at the upcoming United Nations climate change conference in Cancun, Mexico in December.

The World Bank produced a background paper for the conference on the challenges and the practical successes that countries are experiencing in moving towards "climate smart" agriculture.

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Last updated: 2010-11-02

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