World Bank Announces Roadmap for Action on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change
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The Roadmap, which was announced at the Cancun Climate Change Conference, outlines concrete actions linking agriculture-related investments and policies with the transition to climate-smart growth.

9 December 2010: The World Bank, together with a group of global leaders and policy makers, announced a new initiative aimed to ensure agriculture plays a key role in the architecture of climate finance at the Cancun Climate Change Conference in Mexico.

The “Roadmap for Action: Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change” outlines concrete actions linking agriculture-related investments and policies with the transition to climate-smart growth and highlights a “triple-win” approach. It advocates getting the right policies and programmes in place that will increase farm productivity and incomes; make agriculture more resilient to variations in climate, thus promoting stability and security; and make the sector part of the solution to climate change by sequestering more carbon into the soil and biomass.

The Roadmap was announced at a side event with various high-level participants in attendance, including Jacques Diouf, Director-General, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The Roadmap is the result of discussions among 70 ministers of agriculture and other agricultural leaders during the Global Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change, hosted by the Government of the Netherlands, and held from 1-5 November 2010. [World Bank Press Release]

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