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Thursday, November 30, 2023

CGIAR, FAO, IFAD and The Rockefeller Foundation @ COP28

30 November - 12 December 2023.
Discover the CGIAR, FAO, IFAD and The Rockefeller Foundation Food Pavilion

At COP 28, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) addressed two of humanity’s most urgent challenges—climate change and food security—making the case that the world cannot meet its climate or development goals without transforming food systems. 

Its programme of events engaged with global experts and leaders accelerating action and investment to transform food, land, and water systems in a climate crisis, including through the involvement of key partners such as youth. 

CGIAR also co-hosted the Food and Agriculture Pavilion, along with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the Rockefeller Foundation. 

Investments in support of CGIAR’s new investment case were announced at COP28, which for the first time ever placed the future of agriculture at the heart of climate discussions. 

At a pledging event hosted by the United Arab Emirates, funders shared commitments including USD 136 million from the Netherlands, USD 132 million from the United Kingdom, USD 100 million from the United States, USD 100 million from the World Bank, and USD 51 million from Norway. These pledges followed the announcement of a USD 200 million partnership to Accelerate Action on Climate and Strengthen Food Systems Through Investment in Agricultural Innovation by the UAE and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
We are inspired by and grateful to our donors and partners, who have recently committed USD 890 million to support our new research portfolio. But this is only the beginning. (...) But to unlock the full potential of innovation, funders must increase investments and political support toward climate and agriculture innovation. That’s why CGIAR has launched a new investment case, calling for USD 4 billion to harness the power of innovation against climate change, increase productivity, and build more resilient food systems. New funding will support CGIAR scientists, experts, and partners in hundreds of countries to scale world-changing innovations, from new tools and technologies for farmers to more nutritious and climate-resilient crops. Ismahane Elouafi, Executive Managing Director, CGIAR (see: IISD 7/12: Reimagining Food Systems to Address Climate and Hunger)

Extract of the programme

December 1, 2023 @ Agrivoltaics: Sustainable Solutions at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Security

This panel explored policy dimensions that inhibit faster adoption of agrivoltaic practices and investments in this area.

December 1, 2023 Climate change and food security: The role of nuclear science

The High-level event will showcase how the Food and Agriculture Organization and International Atomic Energy Agency through the Joint Centre have supported Member States with: research and development, reduction of GHG emissions, and capacity building and technology transfer to increase the resilience of global agrifood systems against the ravishes of climate change. This panel explored policy dimensions that inhibit faster adoption of agrivoltaic practices and investments in this area.

A philanthropic theory of transformation – How 20+ funders are aligning to unlock the resources needed to shift food systems. Unveiling the first ever global price tag for the cost of regenerative and agroecological transitions, underpinned by regional case studies, outlining global and national priorities for scaling up investment in landscape transformations around the world, making the case for alignment and coordination to meet global targets.

December 1, 2023 Bridging the gap: IFAD’s role in climate finance for smallholder farmers

This event aims to shed light on the global climate finance, to underline the challenges and gaps, and to introduce innovative mechanisms to address these issues, with a focus on adaptation and nature financing for smallholder rural communities. The event will present findings from the Climate Policy Initiative (CPI), which reflects the global landscape of climate finance.

December 1, 2023  Loss and damage in agrifood systems: Addressing gaps and challenges

COP28 calls for ambitious mobilization of finance for climate action, including arrangements and a new fund for loss and damage. Through a high-level panel discussion, the event aims to launch a report focuses on Loss and Damage in agrifood systems.

December 2, 2023 Appropriate governance of the implementation bodies of the Sustainable Oases Initiative

The objective of this side event is to gather insights from those interested in oasis ecosystems on the ‘appropriate governance of the implementing bodies of the Sustainable Oases Initiative. This aims to operationalize the Sustainable Oases Initiative, incorporating it into major international trends related to sustainable agroecosystem management and climate change adaptation.

December 2, 2023 Launch of ARCAFIM – The Africa Rural Climate Adaptation Financing Mechanism

The Africa Rural Climate Adaptation Finance Mechanism (ARCAFIM) is a blended finance risk-sharing facility, together with a technical assistance facility, that catalyzes up to USD 700 million of private sector climate change adaptation (CCA) investments in small producers and MSMEs in rural areas of Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.

December 2, 2023 Analyzing global commitments on food security and diets

Progress against food insecurity and poor diet quality has stalled. Governments across the world have made commitments to actions that address food insecurity and poor diets in numerous settings; however, what remains uncertain, is which commitments are most salient towards achieving SDG2

December 2, 2023 Pioneering evidence-based blended finance instruments for food systems transformation

Food systems are grappling with a large financing shortfall to transition towards a net-zero, nature-positive, and inclusive economy. The existing financing architecture alone cannot bridge this gap without innovative and scalable financing solutions grounded in robust evidence.

December 2, 2023  Political action for the AMR and environment on the road to the UNGA HLM on AMR in 2024

The session brought high-level attention to AMR and the need to transform agrifood systems to optimize animal, plant and environmental health, ensure responsible and sustainable use of antimicrobials and most importantly, reduce the need to use antimicrobials and promote innovation for evidence-based and sustainable alternatives.

December 2, 2023 Financing the regenerative agriculture transition

This event will showcase progress towards developing ground-breaking cross sector financial solutions which aim to accelerate the global transition to a regenerative agricultural system – enabling farming communities throughout the world to deliver positive impacts on climate, nature and health.

December 3, 2023 Scaling up integrated actions to address malnutrition and climate change: an intersectional and intergenerational dialogue

FAO is collaborating with partners to present the advances of the Initiative on Climate Action and Nutrition (I-CAN) and its work to catalyse integrated actions that address the challenges of climate change and malnutrition simultaneously.

December 3, 2023 Implications of climate-related mobility for peace and security

This regional launch event of CGIAR’s MENA Regional Climate Security Hub explores the interactions between climate change, peace, and human mobility. This nexus is particularly relevant in a context of rapid urbanization, where cities are at the forefront of the climate emergency while dealing with inflows of internal migrants and increasing human security concerns.

December 3, 2023 Transforming drylands: Integrating agriculture innovations towards achieving WEF Nexus for climate resilience in the MENA region

Climate change is heavily impacting rural communities in global drylands. Transforming deserts into sustainable and productive lands is crucial to building resilience. This event showcased integrated farming innovations for MENA and the global drylands.

December 3, 2023 Addressing loss and damage and advancing climate action in agriculture and food security: a perspective on the upcoming negotiations

Climate change poses unprecedented challenges to global agriculture and food security, with vulnerable communities experiencing tangible and often irreversible losses and damages. With agriculture being responsible for one third of global greenhouse gas emission, it is urgent to agree on a way forward to step up implementation of climate action in this sector, and more broadly in food systems.

December 3, 2023 Strengthening climate resilience, adaptation and mitigation through food loss and waste reduction

Food loss and waste (FLW) is responsible for 8 to 10 percent of greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions, while contributing to many factors that drive climate change, such as degradation of natural ecosystems, biodiversity loss and unsustainable use of natural resources. On the other hand, climate change can be a significant causative factor of FLW, for example by increasing the incidence of post-harvest pests, while FLW reduction and related value addition activities provide avenues for building resilience and adapting to climate change.

December 4, 2023 Transforming the food system, solving for climate: The role of private finance

The food system has the potential to become a significant nature-based solution for climate change. However, this will require transformation in many areas. This event set out what private finance needs to do, and by when, the economic risks if financial institutions fail to act, and the climate, nature and societal benefits if they do.

December 4, 2023 Unlocking climate finance in fragile and conflict affected settings: Advancing conflict-sensitive approaches in multilateral climate finance

Fragile and conflict-affected settings (FCS) face unique challenges that can impede the effective utilization of climate finance. These settings not only grapple with socio-political instability but also bear a disproportionate impact of climate change. This panel discussion shed light on the importance of conflict-sensitive approaches in the design, allocation, and management of climate finance from the perspective of donors, funds, and executing entities.

December 4, 2023 Climate action and finance to address food crises in fragile and conflict-affected contexts

How can climate action tackle food crises and build resilience in fragile and conflict-affected countries? This technical session provided evidence for mobilizing investment in climate actions that build resilient agrifood systems from the ground up in humanitarian and food crises contexts.

December 4, 2023 The true cost of food: Driving food system transformation at local and global levels

Two reports on True Cost Accounting (TCA) by FAO and the Food System Economics Commission find over USD 10 trillion in hidden costs of the global food system. This figure exceeds current estimates of the food system’s contribution to the global economy.

December 4, 2023 Recipes for change Harvesting resilience: exploring underutilized crops in Africa as climate-smart solutions for food and nutritional security

Lost Crop, led by chef Pierre Thiam hosted this event promoting Africa’s forgotten and under-utilized crops for climate resilience and improved nutrition, such as sesame.

December 5, 2023 Power shift: Why we need to wean industrial food systems off fossil fuels

Food and energy systems are fundamentally intertwined. Industrial food systems, in particular, are highly energy intensive and dependent on fossil fuels. This event highlighted findings and recommendations from a new report and featured a moderated panel discussion on the opportunities for action.

December 5, 2023 The nexus for water, food and energy (NWFE): Bridging the financing gap in climate adaptation programmes

This side event showcased how national programmes like the Nexus of Water Food & Energy (NWFE) can bridge the financial and collaboration gap to achieve the common national and global climate commitments. It explored the modalities of blending climate finance, leveraging private sector finance towards rural transformational livelihoods and climate adaptation programmes.

December 5, 2023 The state of carbon payments and the voluntary carbon market in agriculture

Despite increasing interest in and the pressing need for agricultural sector innovation and transformation, challenges persist in scaling low-emission solutions for resilient agriculture due to limited incentives and investments for farmers. The untapped potential of agriculture in Voluntary Carbon Markets (VCM) is significant, offering numerous socio-economic benefits.

December 5, 2023 A just transition to more sustainable and healthy livestock production systems

Livestock products are vital for fulfilling nutrition requirements of the majority of the world’s population and particularly in LMICs. However, livestock emissions need to be reduced if climate change targets are to be reached. The session described different approaches to reducing emissions in HICs and LMICs.

December 5, 2023 National actions for climate and food: Launch of new NDC guidance tool for agriculture and food systems

To reach the goals of the Paris Agreement the world needs to raise ambition and scale up implementation in agriculture and food systems, given the fact that up to 42% of GHG emissions are from food production and consumption. The transformation towards sustainable, equitable and just agriculture and food systems within planetary boundaries is at the core of the German development agenda.

December 5, 2023 Water, food security and nutrition in a climate-constrained world: Enabling research, innovations and learnings for resilient food systems

Three billion people do not have access to nutritious and safe foods, making the diversification of diets an essential tenet of the CGIAR research and innovation agenda. However, the increased consumption of high-valued products has led to significant food safety risks, magnified by climate extremes, water insecurity, and lack of access to clean water across food supply chains.

December 6, 2023 Crop diversity for climate change adaptation and mitigation contributing to resilient and nature positive futures for farmers globally

The event showed the power of crop genetic diversity to serve as a cost-effective strategy for enhancing climate resilience for food production globally across a range of species contributing to diversified diets. Exploring roots and tubers, cereals, and legumes, including underutilized crops, experts from the global community of crop research and practitioners highlighted various benefits of within and across species diversity.

December 6, 2023 Building resilience in fragile contexts: Lessons learned from the Sahel and Djibouti

The impacts of climate change are particularly devastating in fragile regions. The Sahel is experiencing changing weather patterns and decreased food production that exacerbate insecurity and poverty lead to mass migration and cross-border conflict. The region is ripe with opportunity thanks to abundant natural resources, but these must be managed in a way that allows rural transformation using innovative solutions, including renewable energy, community-led initiatives and targeted investment.

December 6, 2023 Accelerating climate and agriculture solutions to advance global food security and nutrition outcomes

The event included high-level speeches and a panel discussion focused on opportunities to improve nutritious food systems in the face of climate change.

December 6, 2023 Avoiding the perfect storm: Enabling aquatic foods climate solutions through policy, science and finance

While aquatic food dependent communities are known to be amongst the most exposed and vulnerable to climate change impacts, less than 30% of aquatic food producing countries have requested adaptation finance which demonstrates a lack of capacity, awareness and ability to navigate the currently complex pathways to access resources to help improve adaptive capacity and preparedness.

December 8, 2023 International Land Coalition: Strengthening land tenure rights of smallholder farmers for sustainable food systems and climate resilience

A quarter of the planet's GHG emissions are attributed to the agriculture sector. Yet not all forms of agriculture are the same. IPCC reports highlight that ecosystem-based approaches to agriculture such as agroecology can promote carbon sequestration and strengthen the resilience of food systems against climate change, while supporting biodiversity, food security, nutrition and livelihoods.

December 8, 2023 Less emissions with better livestock production: Climate solutions for sustainable livestock transformation

The release of the new FAO global assessment on livestock’s GHG emissions and the FAO report on methane emissions in livestock and rice systems provide a foundation for informed action and decision-making towards more low-emissions and climate-resilient practices.

Gerber, P.J., Steinfeld, H., Henderson, B., Mottet, A., Opio, C., Dijkman, J., Falcucci, A. & Tempio, G. 2013. Tackling climate change through livestock – A global assessment of emissions and mitigation opportunities. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Rome. # 139 pages

This report identifies ways of reducing emissions by assessing the mitigation potential of sets of technologies. Such analysis provides guidance for local and system-specific solutions, as sector actors seek to improve sustainability and viability, but also for more targeted pro-poor livestock development

FAO (2023) 
Methane emissions in livestock and rice systems Sources, quantification, mitigation and metrics #352 pages

Addressing methane emissions from livestock and rice systems is vital for promoting sustainable agriculture and mitigating climate change. This FAO report comprehensively addresses methane emissions in agriculture and their impact on global greenhouse gas levels. By analysing sources, sinks, quantification methods, and mitigation strategies, this publication highlights challenges and opportunities to reduce methane emissions from livestock and rice production systems.

December 8, 2023 Innovate for change: Empowering youth in climate and agribusiness

This event combined passion, innovation, and creative arts to empower rural youth and young agri-preneurs in their mission to combat climate change and drive innovation in agriculture. 

December 8, 2023 A COP Week 2 Way station for those raising the ambition on Food Systems: The State of Food Systems at COP 28 and the Road to COP 30

COP28 offers the most ambitious set of opportunities to advance multiple facets of the food systems transition agenda, including the Emirates Declaration on Resilient Food Systems, Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Action, a new roadmap for the Sharm el-Sheikh joint work on implementation of climate action on agriculture and food systems (SSJW) the Non State Actors Call to Action on Food System Transformation.

December 8, 2023 Partnerships that mobilize investments for climate-resilient food systems in fragile and conflict-affected regions

CGIAR and the World Food Programme (WFP) launched a new partnership that will support food systems innovators in fragile contexts (Nigeria, Mozambique, Yemen, Jordan) through science-driven entrepreneurship support and invite public and private stakeholders to collaborate, with the support of the African Development Bank (AfDB).

December 9, 2023 From planning to practices: Integrating land use planning (ILUP) for climate-smart agriculture and food security

Land and water resources are finite natural resources on the planet. These resources are degraded due to both human and climatic impacts. Innovative approaches are needed to use resources sustainably to support agri-food systems transformation. This event demonstrated a climate-informed and water-wise integrated land use planning guidelines recently being updated by FAO.


December 9, 2023 The state of agri-food systems in a climate crisis and the role of IPCC-IPBES and other global assessments

The world’s poor heavily rely on agrifood systems, which are vulnerable to climate change. Agri-food systems also contribute to up to a third of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. To reduce GHG emissions, various options exist, but they don’t always align with sustainable development goals like zero hunger.

December 9, 2023 Barriers and levers for scaling nature-based solutions to build smallholder’s climate resilience

Natural resource degradation and climatic changes are threatening the viability of smallholder farmers, fishers, forest producers, and rural communities. These rural community groups often bear the brunt of land degradation, climate-related disruptions, resource constraints, and socio-economic vulnerabilities.


December 9, 2023 From commitment to action: How can existing initiatives and tools help advance the COP28 Food Systems Transformation Agenda?

Agriculture and food security featured prominently at COP26 and COP27, and the COP28 President’s Action Agenda makes it clear that we need to take action to achieve resilient, sustainable and equitable food systems that provide affordable, safe and nutritious food for all.

December 9, 2023 Landscape transformation for climate, nature, people, and culture: Voices of regenerative landscape leaders

Regeneration needs to occur at 4 spatial levels – farm, regional, national, value-chain; much of the corporate and investor focus has been on value chains and farms, ignoring landscapes layer, which is a vital entry point for organizing, incentivizing, and observing regenerative outcomes.

December 10, 2023 The future of food: How to sustainably keep our plates full?

Ensuring sustainable food systems that can feed a growing population, while safeguarding the planet, is one of the biggest challenges in a generation. A big challenge needs a big response. This event looked at innovative approaches to financing and private sector involvement.


December 10, 2023 Moving from planning to implementation: solutions on how to accelerate transformative adaptation action in agrifood systems

FAO provided a space for exchange on system-level approaches to adaptation in agrifood systems, highlighting country achievements on the journey from planning NAPs and NDCs to implementing transformative action. The event launched FAO’s latest collection of success stories on implementing solutions for climate change adaptation.

FAO (2023) Catalysing climate solutions An introduction to FAO’s work on climate change adaptation
in agrifood systems. # 85 pages

The paper (a) emphasizes the importance of bringing agrifood systems into the global adaptation agenda and policy landscape; (b) creates a cross-sectoral portfolio of FAO adaptation solutions covering multiple scales and approaches; (c) gives an insight into FAO's work with partners and Members and presents relevant networks and collaborations.Laying out FAO’s guiding principles according to the FAO Strategy on Climate Change 2022–2031, it underscores FAO’s efforts for transformative action in agrifood systems and demonstrates FAO's people-centered approach to climate change adaptation.

December 10, 2023 Design guidance for the Harmonized Regenerative Outcomes Measurement Framework: World launch event

Shifting from conventional regenerative and agroecological production would contribute substantially to climate, nature, and equity goals. However, the transition is hamstrung by a lack of a shared definition or common measurement framework that speaks to farmers, landscape stewards, business and investors. The time has come for a harmonized regenerative outcomes measurement framework that builds upon the incredible work of several existing measurement and scoring frameworks. This is the official global launch of the design guidance for a regenerative outcomes measurement framework rooted in the perspectives of farmers and landscape stewards. Once fully developed, the framework will overcome the disconnects between the prevailing 115 frameworks which largely align towards shallower notions of regenerative, thereby building a critical bridge between agroecological, regenerative and Indigenous foodways.

December 10, 2023 Responsible consumption and sustainable production: pathways for climate-friendly food systems

This session discussed pathways towards climate-friendly food systems, focusing on the role that alternative proteins and food waste reduction can play in achieving responsible consumption, and on genetic innovation, agroecology and appropriate use of fertilisers for sustainable production. The session delved into the enabling environment needed to accelerate the uptake of these innovations, including existing barriers and the policy frameworks, incentives and investment needed to remove them.

December 11, 2023 Digital innovations for climate-resilient agriculture: A pathway to sustainable food systems

The event focused on digital solutions for climate-smart agriculture. IFAD showcased digital tools such as mobile applications, geographic information systems (GIS), precision agriculture, and earth observation data analysis, and highlight their role in promoting climate resilience among smallholder farmers.
  • Measuring the impacts of afforestation and terracing in Türkiye
  • Precision agriculture in Kenya
  • Mobile based advisory services in Zambia

December 11, 2023 By Africa, for Africa: A new approach to collaboration between Africa’s institutions and CGIAR for climate action in agriculture

CGIAR has played a critical role in global agricultural development for five decades, but lacks resources to deliver innovations in challenging agroecological conditions across Africa on the scale needed to address climate change. Strong national and regional partners are essential, but African institutions (especially NARES) remain dependent on international research organisations.
  • Moderator: Loraine Ronchi – Lead Economist, Agriculture, The World Bank
  • Manyewu Mutamba – Head (Ag) of Agriculture, Food Systems and Rural Transformation, AUDA-NEPAD
  • Ana Maria Loboguerrero – Director, Accelerating Impacts of CGIAR Climate Research for Africa (AICCRA)
  • Phoebe Mwangangi – Smallholder farmer from Makueni County, Kenya
  • Cliff Dlamini – Executive Director, Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research and Development for Southern Africa (CCARDESA)
  • Edith Adera – Lead Coordinator, Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP) and Regional Principal Officer, AFDB Group
  • Javier Mateo-Vega – Senior Director for Partnerships, Stewardship, Innovation, and Intelligence, CGIAR
  • Florence Nakayiwa - Deputy Executive Secretary - Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM)
Transcript (extract) presentation of Javier Mateo-Vega (@30:54)

It's really no secret that CGIAR or like many other international organizations has been called out for not doing better in terms of the way that engages with partners. I think many international organizations are known or considered to be organizations that sometimes supplant national systems, that compete with them, that don't share enough of the resources or the credit. And this is something that we need to take into very serious consideration. And I think in an organization like CGIAR, that's been around for five decades, and if you look under the hood, you're certainly going to find moments where our partners would say that we have operated in a sub optimal manner. But by the same token, there are certainly moments where things CGIAR has demonstrated its capacity to be a good partner that is inclusive, collaborative and demand responsive. 

So under a new program of capacity sharing for development, we have one component, it's called research engagement. And we're just prototyping this right now. We're working with Senegal, with Ethiopia and with Rwanda, where we are funding the NARS [National Agricultural Research System] to lead. We're not subcontracting to do work with us. We're funding them [the NARS] with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to lead research projects that are aligned to national needs and priorities that are helping to embed more sustainable capacities in the NARS partners and that are completely aligned to the priorities of the country. 

And this is a way of rebalancing historical power imbalances. We hear often the NARS have become sources of subcontracts. And in worst case scenarios, I recently was told by a NARS partner: "We're not cheap labor. We're not a source of cheap intellectual labor". And we hear you and so this new research engagement component is something that's coming to change. (...) This is something that we're piloting and this is going to be another tool, the different engagement modalities that CGIAR will employ. So if you ask me, am I going to wake up tomorrow and see a CGIAR that's only operating this way? I would be disingenuous to tell you I said yes, [but] we're not. We're transitioning in that. But my hope is, in a few years from now, (...) you'll be able to look at me and say, Wow, I can really detect the transformation.

December 11, 2023 Financing nutrition for a healthier climate: The power of sustainable diets

The Initiative on Climate Action and Nutrition (I-CAN) baseline analysis demonstrates that financing and investing for programmes that link nutrition and climate is very low. Our current food systems do not ensure access to healthy diets for everyone and contribute to diet-related health issues; at the same time they put immense pressure on our environment.

December 12, 2023 State of the science for regenerative and agroecological production systems: From evidence to action

Depending upon the source, regenerative or agroecological productions systems are new or old, experimental or time-tested, thwarted by significant barriers to scale or poised to displace conventional agriculture by 2050. What can be said of the “state of science” looking across different knowledge types from diverse stakeholders – scientists, farmers, Indigenous land stewards, companies? And what are the critical priorities to ensure that regenerative and agroecological transitions deliver benefits not just for climate and nature but for producers, landscape stewards, and communities?

Africa Pavilion @ COP28

30 November  - 12 December 2023

  • nutrition-related COP28 events listed on the UN-Nutrition website
  • Food Pavilion (hosted by CGIAR, FAO, IFAD and the Rockefeller Foundation)
  • Food Systems Pavilion (hosted by the Netherlands)
  • Health Pavilion (hosted by WHO)
  • Food4Climate Pavilion (hosted by ProVeg)
  • Africa Pavilion hosted by the African Development Bank, the African Union Commission (AUC), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), and the African Union Development Agency-NEPAD (AUDA-NEPAD), in collaboration with other regional entities, including the Africa Risk Capacity

Africa Pavilion

African regional organizations and partners jointly host an Africa Pavilion to provide a platform for
discussion and ensure that Africa’s concerns and priorities are adequately considered during the climate change negotiation process. At COP28, the African Development Bank will help reshape the global narrative on key issues such as energy transition, nature-based solutions, adaptation finance, reform of multilateral development banks, carbon markets and restitution for loss and damage.

The Bank’s key areas of focus at COP28 will be:
  1. Increasing Climate Finance
  2. Scaling up Adaptation Action
  3. Just Energy Transition
  4. Green infrastructure

The summit will also see the launch of the Africa and Middle East ‘Scaling-up Agriculture and Food Systems Transformation for Economic Development’ initiative. The program seeks to mobilize at least $10 billion to address the climate and food security nexus of the two regions. The Bank will contribute to this initiative via its flagship Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zones (SAPZ) program.

Follow COP28 on the following AfDB channels:

30 November 2023. AfDB - Scaling Up Climate Action Finance in Africa

With Mr Kevin KARIUKI, Vice-President Power, Energy, Climate Change and Green Growth, African Development Bank.

AFDB (2023) Climate related funds and initiatives at the African Development Bank # 30 p.

See Video day 2

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1 December 2023.  15:30 – 16:30 (GMT+4). Adaptation Finance Summit For Africa at COP28

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By: AfDB Group, Global Center on Adaptation, African Union Commission, The Government of
Kenya, Government of Senegal        
  • The summit took stock of progress, secure further commitments to the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP), and accelerate climate adaptation implementation across the continent.
  • The summit featured presentations by African leaders showcasing national adaptation investment compacts, keynote addresses by the heads of event partners, the COP28 President, and IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva.
  • The event was co-hosted: by Kenyan President William Ruto, chair of the African Climate Summit; President Macky Sall of Senegal; Dr Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank Group; H.E Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of African Union Commission, and Patrick V. Verkooijen, CEO of the Global Center on Adaptation.

3 December 2023.  23:15 (GMT+4) Desert to Power Ministerial Steering Committee

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5 December 2023. 23:15 (GMT+4) Great Green Wall Initiative 

See video of day 6

5 December 2023. 12:00 – 13:30 AUDA-NEPAD: Enhancing Food and Nutrition Security through Climate Action

See video of day 6

6 December 2023. AUDA-NEPAD: Enhancing Food and Nutrition Security through Climate Action

See video of day 7

6 December 2023. ECA - Africa Climate Resilient Invest-ment Facility (AFRI-RES)

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8 December⋅14:00 – 15:00 The African Climate Foundation: Investing in Transformative Agriculture

See video of day 9

8 December⋅20:15 – 21:00 GCCA+ Programme

The Intra African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Global Climate Change Alliance Plus (GCCA+) is a programme funded by the European Union to increase the capabilities of Southern African Development Community (SADC) Member States and countries in the ACP region to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change, and have their voices better heard in international climate change negotiations.

See video of day 9

9 December⋅12:00 – 13:30 AUDA-NEPAD: Attracting Largescale Investment to Accelerating Forest Landscape and Ecosystem Restoration for Increased Agriculture and Food Security in Africa

See video of day 10

9 December⋅14:00 – 15:00 AUDA-NEPAD: Accelerating Action on Soil Health for climate-resilient food systems in Africa

See video of day 10

10 December⋅12:00 – 13:30 AUDA-NEPAD: Ministerial Segment on investment for climate adaptation through Africa's food systems transformation

See video of day 11

10 December⋅15:30 – 17:00 AUDA-NEPAD: Leveraging investments and financing mechanisms for national food systems & climate coordinated plans, with a focus on Africa and smallholders

See video of day 11

11 December AfDB - Advancing Circular Economy for Climate Resilience in Africa

12 December WWF: Africa’s ecological food future: Redirecting Policies and Investments 

The report entitled “Analysis of the Implications of Africa’s Food Systems Development on Environmental Sustainability” as jointly commissioned by Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), the Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) of the CGIAR (formerly known as the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research), and the African Development Bank (AfDB).

The report is available for downloading here.

The report has been released at a side event on COP28, held on 12th December 2023. 
  • Dr. Claudia Ringler, Director, Natural Resources and Resilience Unit of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) said: ”Ensuring equitable climate adaptation and mitigation strategies, optimization of water-energy-food-environmental systems, good governance of natural resources, and innovations for food and environmental systems is critical to ensure food and nutrition security in the face of challenges.

    See for the transcript of Claudia's intervention
    Analysis of the Implications of Africa’s Food Systems Development on Environmental Sustainability

12 December⋅15:30 – 17:00 Promoting Youth and Women-Centered Climate Investments for Resilient Agrifood Systems in Africa

See video of day 13


Mrs Estherine Lisinge-Fotabong (AUDA-NEPAD) speaking on Loss and Damage

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Fonio: enhancing collaboration for sustainable agriculture and improved livelihoods

29 November 2023
. Fonio: enhancing collaboration for sustainable agriculture and improved livelihoods

Fonio is one of the oldest cereal crops in Africa, and among all species of millet, it is the world’s fastest maturing cereal (60-70 days). In many Western African countries, fonio plays an important role in household food security and income generation and holds a vital place in cultural identity. Fonio is valued for its high nutrition, ability to grow in areas of drought and high temperatures. Also known for its low-fat content, low glycaemic index, and for being gluten-free, it has the potential to ramp up space in the global market as a functional food suitable for feeding people affected by obesity, diabetes, and celiac disease among others. 

IYM2023 provides an unparalleled opportunity to promote fonio as a globally important crop for the future, and bring together researchers and practitioners from different countries and disciplines to share their work and join forces to promote its use for sustainable agriculture and improving local livelihoods. 

This webinar showcased current research covering key areas, including taxonomic diversity and distribution, seed science and conservation, uses and livelihoods, genetics, nutrition, cultivation, and value chains. This capitalizes on expertise from across institutes, ranging from the diversity of different landraces, diversification of farming systems, economic implications for fonio, and future genetic transformations.

Untapped Potential: An analysis of international public climate finance flows to sustainable agriculture and family farmers

Climate Focus (2023) Untapped Potential: An analysis of international public climate finance flows to sustainable agriculture and family farmers # 14 p.

This report conducted by Climate Focus and published by the World Rural Forum sheds light on inequities in funding to address climate change. Despite family farmers producing a third of the world's food, only a mere 0.3% of the international climate finance has been directed to them.

The detailed analysis, conducted by Climate Focus in collaboration with the said organisations, the FFF and the FFORA, reveals an alarming situation: despite their crucial role in global food security, most family farmers lack adequate financial support to adapt to climate challenges.

Within a context of the dramatic impact of the climate crisis on family farming production systems in many territories, this report highlights the need to reorient international climate finance to facilitate the transition of family farming towards more sustainable and agroecological agronomic practices. Which, in turn, will help them to overcome family farmers’ vulnerability to extreme weather phenomena by investing in available assets, while strengthening public policies specific for family farming. READ THE FULL REPORT


44% drop in climate finance to small-scale agrifood systems reveals need for action
  • New data reveals that global climate finance for small-scale agrifood systems is strikingly low, at an annual average of just USD 5.53 billion in 2019/20, 1 equivalent to just 0.8% of total climate finance tracked across all sectors.
  • This also marks a 44% drop on flows to small-scale agrifood systems in 2017/18.
  • This must change, given the vital roles of small-scale farmers and agrifoods businesses, who channel 65% of food in developing economies.

Food Security and Agrifood Trade in Latin American and the Caribbean

28 November 2023
. Food Security and Agrifood Trade in Latin American and the Caribbean by IFPRI and FAO

Intraregional food trade in the LAC region offers untapped opportunities for expansion. Currently, 60 percent of LAC food imports come from extraregional suppliers, despite a high degree of complementarity in the production of food products across LAC countries. Expanding LAC’s intraregional trade could improve access to, availability, and diversity of food, and ensure more stable food supplies in the face of growing risk of shocks, such as economic crises, extreme weather events, conflicts, and epidemics.

Report Presentations 
  • Agustín Tejeda Rodriguez, Content Director at the Southern Producing Country Group (GPS) and consultant on agricultural policies, trade and international negotiations
  • Nelson Illescas, Director of the International Agricultural Negotiations Institute Foundation (INAI)
  • Mônica Rodrigues, United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, UN-ECLAC
  • Moisés Mérida, Director of Partnerships for Development of the Guatemalan Exporters Association (AGEXPORT)
  • Concluding Remarks Valeria Piñeiro, Acting Head of the Latin America and Caribbean Program and Senior Research Coordinator, IFPRI
FAO e IFPRI. 2023. La seguridad alimentaria y el comercio agroalimentario en América Latina y el Caribe. Santiago. 120 p.


Innovating for Sustainable Food Systems Transformations

23 November 2023. Innovating for Sustainable Food Systems Transformations: Scaling Success Stories Beyond Technology

Concept Note: English

Innovation goes beyond technology. It must incorporate social, economic, institutional, behavioral and organizational processes that facilitate integrative policies, business models and sustainable financing.
This webinar  presented success stories to illustrate how a broader definition of innovation must be used to advance equitable and sustainable food systems transformation.
  • Gladys H. Morales, Senior Officer, Global Head of Innovation, IFAD 
  • Vivien Bodereau, Mission Lead Net-Zero Food Systems, EIT Food
  • Emmastella Gakuo, Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Savanna Circuit

Thursday, November 23, 2023

Report: Operationalizing USAID’s Climate Strategy to Achieve Transformative Adaptation and Mitigation in Agricultural and Food Systems

A new report from the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) recommends actions to achieve transformative climate change results across USAID agricultural and food system investments. The report, Operationalizing USAID’s Climate Strategy to Achieve Transformative Adaptation and Mitigation in Agricultural and Food Systems, was published and shared with USAID Administrator Samantha Power on Friday, November 17th.

Read the Full Report Here

The report presents six detailed operational and technical recommendations and targets for adaptation, mitigation, and finance for agrifood systems that align with those of USAID’s 2022–2030 Climate Strategy. These recommendations are intended to help accelerate USAID’s achievement of its ambitious Climate Strategy goals within agrifood systems programming.

The recommendations stem from multidisciplinary evidence gathering and independent expert consultations led by the BIFAD Subcommittee, in addition to broad feedback at BIFAD public meetings.

Here's a glimpse of what the report has to offer, structured around three strategic elements:

Targets: The report recommends specific agrifood system targets aligned with the Climate Strategy, focusing on adaptation, mitigation, and finance. These targets aim to improve the climate resilience of millions of people reliant on agriculture, reduce emissions, and mobilize substantial finance for climate change adaptation and mitigation.

USAID Operational Changes: To effectively operationalize the Climate Strategy within USAID's agricultural and food security portfolio, the report presents five organizationally tailored recommendations. These changes will better position USAID to achieve Climate Strategy objectives. They include setting, measuring, and reporting on climate targets; integrating climate objectives into the program cycle; building climate expertise; increasing climate investment; and funding climate research.

High-Potential Leverage Points
: The report identifies high-potential leverage points within agrifood systems to drive transformative shifts toward net-zero emissions and climate-resilient pathways while achieving food security goals.

Empower Women, Youth, and Other Underrepresented Groups to Drive Locally Led, Climate-Resilient Agrifood Systems
Increase Finance for Climate Adaptation and Mitigation and Expand its Inclusivity
Enable the Use and Sustained Provision of Weather and Climate Services
Partner with and Strengthen Local Research and Development Systems
Expand Integrated Soil and Water Resources Management
Expand Integrated Forest and Agricultural Land Management
Reduce Livestock Emissions while Increasing Production Efficiency
Reduce Food Loss and Waste

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Global food security summit

20 November 2023. London. Global food security summit

The Global Food Security Summit focused international attention on the deepening global food security crisis and help boost efforts to achieve Zero Hunger and end malnutrition (SDG 2). It galvanised support for lasting solutions that turn the tide and prevent famine, wider food insecurity and malnutrition. Seeking to shift the dial on progress across four action pillars, it will shine a particular spotlight on UK-funded cutting-edge science and innovation. The Summit will showcase practical action achieving real, lasting improvements in people’s lives, delivered by UK expertise, partnerships and science.

Extract of the agenda

Plenary: Opening Session

  • The Rt. Hon Andrew Mitchell, Minister for Development, United Kingdom – Welcome remarks
  • The Rt. Hon Rishi Sunak, Prime Minister, United Kingdom
  • HE Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, President of the Federal Republic of Somalia
  • HE Mariam Almheiri, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, UAE
  • Sir Chris Hohn, Chair of Board, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation
  • Bill Gates, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (pre-recorded video)

Session 2: Harnessing science and technology for food security

This session showcased collaborative science and research partnerships in action,
accelerating progress towards greater food security and nutrition, including cutting edge
British science and leadership. It galvanised further joined-up action to tackle some of the
thorniest problems facing the world today, including harnessing emerging technologies
including digital and AI, and finding scalable solutions that support nutrition, productivity,
climate resilience and protect nature. 

Setting the scene: Science and Technology for Food Security
  • Dr Qu Dongyu, Director General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United
  • Nations
  • Dr Beth Dunford, Vice President, African Development Bank
  • HE David Ernest Silinde, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Tanzania
  • HE Dr. Girma Amente, Minister of Agriculture, Ethiopia
Role of National Research and Innovation Systems and Partnerships 
  • Esther Penunia, Secretary General, Asian Farmers’ Association
  • Dr Juergen Voegele, Vice President, World Bank
  • Dr Rob Bertram, Chief Scientific Adviser, USAID
  • Prof Dame Ottoline Leyser, CEO, UK Research and Innovation
Lead discussants
  • Prof Bhavani Shankar, Professorial Research Fellow in Food and Health, University of Sheffield
  • Dharshan Wignarajah, Director, Climate Policy Initiative
Harnessing Science and Technology for Food and Nutrition Security 
  • Dr Agnes Kalibata, President, AGRA
  • Prof Lindiwe Sibanda, Board Chair, CGIAR
  • Rodger Voorhies, President of Global Growth, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Lead discussants
  • Dr Daniel Elger, CEO, CABI
  • Dr Appolinaire Djikeng, Principal of the Centre for Tropical Livestock and Genetic Health and Director General of the International Livestock Research Institute
  • Dr Jon Styles, Director, Assimila
  • The Rt. Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Minister for Indo-Pacific, United Kingdom 

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Tackling obesity and NCD in Mexico

21 November 2023.
Tackling obesity and NCD in Mexico: a policy approach by IFPRI

The 33rd Annual Martin J. Forman Memorial Lecture feature Dr. Simón Barquera, the Director of Nutrition and Health Research Center at the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico (INSP) who addressed the growing obesity epidemic and alarming rate of diet-related noncommunicable diseases in Mexico

Outlining the INSP’s initiatives and policy recommendations, Dr. Barquera spoke about the Mexican government’s efforts to improve food environments in Mexico, as well as the response of the food industry to these efforts. 

While focused on Mexico, the lecture provided recommendations for other countries struggling with rising obesity and non-communicable diseases.
  • Johan Swinnen, Managing Director, Systems Transformation, CGIAR and Director General, IFPRI
  • Kenan Forman, Son of Martin J. Forman
  • Kellie Stewart, Chief, Nutrition and Environmental Health Division, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Dr. Simón Barquera, Director, Center for Research in Nutrition and Health, National Institute of Public Health, México. President Elect, World Obesity Federation
  • Moderator: Purnima Menon, Senior Director, Food and Nutrition Policy, CGIAR and IFPRI


All were vocal proponents of Mexico’s 2014 soda tax, the first national soda tax of its kind. It is aimed at reducing consumption of sugary drinks in Mexico, where weight-related diseases kill more people every year than violent crime.

The links sent to the men were laced with an invasive form of spyware developed by NSO Group, an Israeli cyberarms dealer that sells its digital spy tools exclusively to governments and that has contracts with multiple agencies inside Mexico, according to company emails leaked to The New York Times last year.