Mainstreaming climate change in agriculture and food security programmes

  • 10th October 2016
  • by secretary

30 September 2016. This sector note Integrating the environment and climate change into EU international cooperation and development: towards sustainable development provides detailed advice and practical examples on how to mainstream environment and climate change in agriculture, food security and rural development programmes.

The full toolbox of guidelines, annexes, sector notes for major sectors of EU development cooperation, as well as a series of climate change sector scripts, are available on Capacity4Dev

The notes considers that agriculture, food security and rural development sector offers huge opportunities to enhance the environment, reduce GHG emissions, build resilience and improve the capacity to adapt to climate change. Improved land use and sustainable land management generates multiple benefits in terms of food security, livelihoods, economic development and ecosystem services. 
  • Good practice developed in this sector has, after many years, led to innovative and robust approaches and techniques for enhancing the environment through the use of sustainable agriculture e.g. soil and water conservation, agroforestry, minimum tillage techniques, integrated pest management and others
  • Good practice has also led to advances in building the resilience and enhancing the food security of vulnerable populations in drought-prone regions, including the introduction of innovations such as improved animal health services and rainfall insurance.

It considers that there are various opportunities for mainstreaming throughout the cycle of operations, showing entry points and mainstreaming actions that can be taken during different stages of the cycle. Policy dialogue occurs at all phases as an ongoing process. Guidance for each phase is provided.