In coming years, climate change will put unprecedented pressure on arable lands and forests. Without the implementation of critical policies and reforms, the degradation of these crucial resources—already strained by the effects of rapid population growth, urbanization and rising incomes—will jeopardize global food security.
The global consensus is that nearly every industry must make significant changes to mitigate carbon emissions. Despite the prevailing rhetoric that climate action is costly and anti-growth, there are many land use policies developing countries can utilize to improve rural livelihoods while mitigating the effects of climate change. For example, The New Climate Economy Report states that policies to restore just 12% of degraded agricultural land could boost smallholders' incomes by $35-40 billion and feed an additional 200 million people per year.
This Twitter Chat will feature experts from the New Climate Economy project, Tetra Tech, the Environmental Defense Fund and the USAID Bureau for Food Security and the African and Latin American Resilience to Climate Change (ARCC) Program, and will explore the economic impact of climate-smart agriculture. Can we grow agricultural economies while also promoting a more resilient, low carbon system? Tune in at noon EST on October 27 to find out and share your thoughts!
Twitter Accounts to Follow:
Potential Guiding Questions:
- What are your unanswered questions about climate change’s impact on agricultural economies?
- What agricultural technologies are a triple win for people, planet and profit?
- What agricultural policies and programs promote rural resilience in the face of climate change?
- What resources will help smallholders, extension agents and development professionals improve livelihoods in the face of climate change?
How to Participate:
- If you are new to Twitter, visit Twitter.com to sign up for an account. (For more tips on getting started, check out our Twitter training.)
- Explore the guiding questions that will be discussed during the chat.
- Join us for discussion by using the hashtag #AskAg and following @Agrilinks.
- You can also follow on Twubs or through the livestream below.
World Resources Institite | New Climate Economy
USAID Bureau for Food Security
Environmental Defense Fund