BIFAD Climate Change Subcommittee

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A Listening Session at COP27

Achieving Ambitious Food System Transformation

When? Monday, November 14th at 6:25-7:10 pm EET (11:25 am–12:10 pm EST)

Where? Food Systems Pavilion at COP27, Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt and virtually

BIFAD COP 27 Listening Session

Please join USAID and experts drafting a key report that will inform USAID’s agriculture, nutrition, and food security work on Monday, November 14th at 6:25 pm EET (11:25 am EST).  This listening session will seek input from COP attendees and the wider public on the preliminary findings of a study on systemic approaches to climate change adaptation and mitigation in agricultural, nutrition, and food systems. The study results will inform program and policy decision making by USAID. 

The BIFAD Subcommittee on Systemic Solutions for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Agricultural, Nutrition, and Food Systems is guiding a BIFAD-commissioned study that draws upon existing evidence and consultation with subject-matter experts in the following areas: 

  • climate-resilient pathways for inclusive, transformative systemic change in food, agricultural, and nutrition systems; 
  • priority systems for inclusive transformation in food, agriculture, and nutrition; 
  • barriers to inclusive transformation in agricultural, nutrition, and food systems; 
  • priority leverage points for transformative systemic change; and 
  • climate finance to catalyze inclusive adaptation and mitigation actions in the agricultural, food, and nutrition sector. 

In this listening session, members of the subcommittee and authors of the BIFAD-commissioned study will present preliminary findings, with dedicated time for participant comment and discussion. The session objectives are to 1) improve recommendations for the ambitious implementation of the USAID Climate Strategy, 2022–2030, 2) identify points of consensus and key gaps based on feedback from the wider agricultural, nutrition, food systems and climate change communities, and 3) strengthen the utility of the study based on community recommendations. 

Join USAID and BIFAD subcommittee experts at the listening session on Monday, November 14 at 6:25 pm EET (11:25 am EST) to provide advice and feedback on the preliminary findings and your recommendations for how USAID should support food systems transformation. 

The event will take place in person at the COP 27 Food Systems Pavilion in Sharm El-Sheikh. Virtual participants are invited to join through the Food Systems Pavilion YouTube channel, which will include a live chat function for participants’ comments and input. 

 [Learn more about the event

All sessions of the Food Systems Pavilion at COP27 will be live-streamed via YouTube. Peruse the full list of upcoming sessions here: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLR9KIvHoqf7piFso2jD8GODJbq0nMCmIp

Transformative Pathways Toward a Climate-Resilient Agricultural, Food, and Nutrition System:

A Public Consultation Ahead of the 27th Conference of Parties

October 26, 2022, 10:00am – 12:00pm EDT (Virtual)

BIFAD 187th Public Meeting

UPDATE: Please note that the "Working Paper: Systemic Solutions for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems" is now available to be downloaded and reviewed in the link here

In the lead-up to the 2022 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 27th Conference of Parties (COP27), BIFAD will host its 187th public meeting focused on the ongoing BIFAD-commissioned study on systemic solutions for climate change adaptation and mitigation in agricultural, nutrition, and food systems. The meeting will be hosted on Zoom. Register to participate here (external link).

The study—guided by the BIFAD Subcommittee on Systemic Solutions for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems and expected to be finalized in spring 2023—aims to inform BIFAD’s advice to USAID on program design and targets to achieve transformative, systemic change and climate finance scaling for the agriculture, food, and nutrition sectors. 

On October 26th, authors of the report will present and discuss their preliminary findings related to the following: 

  1. Climate-resilient pathways for inclusive, transformative systemic change in agricultural, nutrition, and food systems;

  2. Priority systems for inclusive transformation in food, agriculture, and nutrition;

  3. Barriers to inclusive transformation in agricultural, nutrition, and food systems;

  4. Priority leverage points for transformative systemic change; and

  5. Climate finance solutions to catalyze inclusive adaptation and mitigation actions in the agricultural, food, and nutrition sector.

Following the presentation, members of the subcommittee, BIFAD, USAID, and public participants will comment and react to the working paper. The public is invited to comment on the report's preliminary findings and recommendations and to submit additional case studies, evidence, and relevant publications to inform the study. The working paper will be posted here in advance of the October 26th meeting. Please find an agenda for the meeting in this link.

For questions about registration, please contact the BIFAD Support Team at bifadsupport@tetratech.com. For questions about BIFAD, or to submit written comments, evidence, or materials in advance or following the meeting, please contact Clara Cohen, Designated Federal Officer for BIFAD in the Bureau for Resilience and Food Security at USAID. Interested persons may email her at ccohen@usaid.gov (Subject: Comment for 187th BIFAD Public Meeting) or telephone her at (202) 712-0119.

A Consultative Workshop on Systemic Solutions for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems

August 31, 2022, 10:30 am -12:30 pm EDT (Virtual)

The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) is hosting its 185th Public Meeting, A Consultative Workshop on Systemic Solutions for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems, to announce upcoming BIFAD work in the areas of climate change adaptation and mitigation in agricultural, nutrition, and food systems and to seek public input into priorities and evidence gathering. Register to participate here.

Systemic solutions for Climate Change Adaptation and Migration in Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems: Wednesday, August 31, 10:30 - 12:30 am

The meeting will publicly introduce the BIFAD Subcommittee on Systemic Solutions for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems, recently established by BIFAD and USAID to lead transdisciplinary evidence gathering to support USAID’s role in accelerating systems change and transformative climate change adaptation and mitigation approaches in agriculture, food systems and nutrition, and in targeting climate finance to benefit smallholder farmers. A list of subcommittee members may be found at this link. The objectives, questions, and proposed methodology of a planned BIFAD-commissioned climate change study, to be guided by the subcommittee, will be shared and discussed. 

The meeting will include a public question and answer period and facilitated small group discussions. Public input is sought to: 1) identify leverage points across agricultural, food, and nutrition systems (e.g., financial, production, innovation, market, nutrition, risk management, early warning, and humanitarian systems) for transformative change and scaling climate finance to achieve the targets and intermediate results of the USAID Climate Strategy, 2022–2030 and the U.S. Government’s Global Food Security Strategy, 2022–2026; 2) identify enabling systems and conditions  that support transformational economic, social, governance, essential services, or humanitarian capacities; and 3) prioritize areas of USAID action areas to facilitate transformative systemic change that is inclusive of underrepresented populations and promotes gender equity and equality. The public is also invited to comment on the subcommittee’s work and to submit names of experts, case studies, evidence, and relevant publications to inform the study.

BIFAD Launches Subcommittee on Systemic Solutions for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems

Summary: Launched in June 2022 by the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) and the U.S. Agency for International Food and Agricultural Development (USAID), the subcommittee will lead transdisciplinary evidence gathering to advise BIFAD with independent recommendations to improve USAID programming and strategies. The subcommittee is envisioned to support USAID's role in accelerating systems change and transformative climate change adaptation and mitigation approaches in agriculture, food systems and nutrition, and in targeting climate finance to benefit smallholder farmers. Subcommittee members bring a breadth of expertise across disciplines, diversity of views, and organizational perspectives to tackle the greatest challenge to food security. The subcommittee members' bios can be found here.

BIFAD Climate Change Subcommittee Members

Sign Up for Updates on this and other BIFAD activities at this link: https://bit.ly/3bn4dfG 

Context: The most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report illustrated that climate change already has a widespread impact, that those impacts are intensifying, and that we, as a global community, need to act quickly to avoid the most severe consequences. The IPCC found that higher temperatures, shifting precipitation patterns, and sea-level rise will reduce the living standards of hundreds of millions of people globally, many of whom depend on agriculture, including fisheries, for their livelihoods. At the same time, agriculture and food systems are responsible for one third of global anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. The urgency of the accelerating climate change crisis is further underscored when evaluating the impacts of climate change on health, food security, and peace and security. The 2021 report of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change stresses that this crisis “will disproportionately affect people who are the most vulnerable and those already facing undernutrition.” The data show that extreme weather events often quickly escalate food insecurity and drive displacement and conflict. Furthermore, the IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land highlights the complicated relationships among land use, climate change, natural resource management, and conservation, which present both opportunities for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The recently released USAID Climate Strategy 2022–2030 outlines the Agency’s vision to achieve “‘a resilient, prosperous, and equitable world with net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.” BIFAD’s thought leadership and ability to convene the U.S. university and research communities, along with international partners, positions the Board to develop evidence-based recommendations on how to accelerate climate change action in programs aimed at safeguarding agricultural productivity, inclusive food systems changes, and poverty- and malnutrition-reduction objectives. Advised by the subcommittee, BIFAD will convene public meeting(s) and commission a study authored by experts on approaches for mitigation and adaptation in agricultural, nutrition, and food systems and innovations in climate finance in support of agriculture, food security, and nutrition.

Objectives: The subcommittee effort will inform priority focus areas in USAID’s research portfolio and will summarize evidence about the  interlinkages among climate change, food security, poverty and malnutrition reduction in developing countries, natural resource management, and land-use planning. The subcommittee’s work responds to two key objectives:

  • Objective 1: BIFAD Recommendations to support USAID’s Role in Accelerating Systems Change and Transformative Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Approaches in Agriculture, Food Systems and Nutrition, in line with the U.S. Government’s Global Food Security Strategy, 2022–2026, USAID’s Climate Strategy, 2022–2030, and other sectoral policies.

  • Objective 2: BIFAD Recommendations to Support USAID's Role in Targeting Climate Finance to Benefit Smallholder farmers.

How to Connect with this Work: The subcommittee will engage experts from around the world through key informant interviews and public meetings in summer and fall 2022 and will guide implementation of a commissioned study to inform its work and recommendations. Sign up for updates of upcoming meetings at this link. Or contact the team to share relevant publications or recommended key informants:

Clara Cohen, BIFAD Executive Director: ccohen@usaid.gov

Rahel Diro, BIFAD Subcommittee Advisor: rahel.diro@tetratech.com

Carmen Benson, BIFAD Senior Counselor: carmen.benson@tetratech.com

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Last updated: November 03, 2022

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