Chair: Kerry McCarthy MP (on behalf of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Agroecology) Speakers: Helena Paul (EcoNexus), Paula Gioia (European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC)) , Olivier De Schutter (IPES-Food)
Today, food systems contribute up to one third of global anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. Climate Smart Agriculture is promoted as the solution, but in reality is little more than an excuse for business as usual, and the further intensification and consolidation of agriculture in the Global South. Agroecology and investment in local markets has a huge potential to mitigate GHG emissions and support small scale farmers, who provide the food for most people in the world, to adapt and become more resilient to climate change impacts. The French Government is implementing COP22 actions, but the UK’s Department for International Development is dragging its feet and needs to do much more to promote Agroecology and support small scale farmers over the long term. Come and find out about the issues and what international policies the UK should now be advocating. This session marks the start of the APPG on Agroecology’s programme of work examining the UK’s development agenda as it affects agroecological farming in the global south.
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