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September 25, 2013

New Guide Will Help Farmers Adapt to Climate Change

by Kim Lewis

 A new tool for farmers has recently been unveiled that will help them adapt to climate change.  

Farming First is a coalition of multi-stakeholder organizations. It, along with other partners, released the Guide to UNFCCC Negotiations on Agriculture.  Its release comes prior to the November meeting of the U-N Framework Convention on Climate Change, (UNFCCC), and the Conference of the Parties (COP).     
                   
The coalition said the Guide can be used by farmers, policy makers, and industry leaders on the role agriculture plays in mitigating and adapting to climate change.

Anette Friis is a member of the Farming First coalition, and the manager of climate change issues for the Danish Agriculture and Food Council.  She explained the importance of launching the guide at this time. 

“First of all we are feeling the effects of climate change more urgently now than we have before as I see it, especially in the agriculture sector.  Farmers in for example, Africa, are hit very hard by climate change.  And it’s increasingly affecting our food production and food security as well,” said Friis.

She pointed out that climate change is a complicated issue and the Guide is a way farmers can obtain vital information and engage in the U-N climate change negotiations on agriculture.  It is a way to break down the complexities of the issue.

As of now the Guide is available on the Farming First website at www.farmingfirst.org.

“It’s an interactive tool where you can get all of the different information; tools; the guides; key messages; examples; case studies.  And we have advertised this widely on social media.  We have had great uptake so far.  We’re disseminating this to all the Farming First supporters in the World Farmers Organization,” explained Friis, who added other farm organizations will benefit from the Guide tool as well.

Friis said the hope is to not only help farmers, but to encourage policy makers as well, to engage in climate change discussions.