Farmers' Seed Network (China) and Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy, Chinese Academy of Sciences together with partners

Enhancing Agrobiodiversity, Food Security for livelihood and Climate Resilience 

6 December 2018 / 11:00 – 12:00

PCCB Capacity-Building Hub / RYSY Meeting Room 24 - Area E

This side event will present climate change impact on agriculture and cases from different agro-ecosystems in China adoptiong landscape and living labs approaches to support biocultural innovations linking science to community-based adaptation e.g. community seed bank, participatory plant breeding etc. for enhancing agrobiodiversity and livelihood resilience for climate change adaptation.

List of speakers
Opening Speech
Jian Liu

UN Environment Chief Scientist and Director of the Science Division
Alejandro Argumedo

Leader of Asociación ANDES, Peru
Yinlong Xu
Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development in Agriculture
Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences
Yiching Song
Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Liwei Hong
Oxfam Hong Kong
Kuo Li
Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development in Agriculture
Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences
Panel Discussion

Urgency: since climate change is affecting food and farming now, we need to speed up the pace of adaptation, and to achieve mitigation benefits wherever possible.

Question: How much is climate change affecting stallholder farmers in China? How much trouble are they in? What’s the worst case?

Investment: we need to increase the proportion of climate finance going into adaptation, and to secure a flow of resources to locations and populations where adaptation needs are greatest.

Question: What type of creative finance do small farmers need (such as insurance products to improve both risk management and access to capital for adaptation actions)

Knowledge: since climate change is not static, we will continually need to generate and share new knowledge, extending the information revolution into fields, forests and fisheries in remote localities.

Question: How traditional knowledge can be integrated to assess the crazy weather tied to climate change?

Value chains: we need to pay more attention to how food value chains are managed, to deal with climate risks, secure affordable and nutritious food supplies for poor consumers, improve the links for small producers and processors to stable markets, whether local or distant.

Question: Do valued chains really help the climate? How to improve the links for small producers to stable markets? Should be only local or also distant?

Breeding: we need to invest now in farmer-led and science-led breeding, as it is demonstrably one of the most effective adaptation measures to the 2030s, and requires 8-20 year lead times for release of new varieties of crops and livestock.

Question: Will a biotechnology help small farmers? How?

Booklet Launch

Linking Ancient Native Naxi Wisdom with Scientific Knowledge for Climate Change Adaptation:Stories of Three Naxi Indigenous Mountain Communities Along Yangtze River, SW China

Xin Song, Farmers’ Seed Network (China)

Liwei Hong, Oxfam Hong Kong

INMIP Declaration

International Network of Mountain Indigenous Peoples: The Suusamyr Declaration

Alejandro Argumedo, Leader of Asociación ANDES, Peru