#AskAg: Climate, Economy and Livelihoods
Event Date: Oct 27, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM America/New York
Location: United States
Online: Online Event
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:
|Chris Delgado, WRI and New Climate Economy: @NewClimateEcon|
|Leif Kindberg, Tetra Tech ARD: @LeifKindberg|
|Kevin Fath, USAID Bureau for Food Security: @Kevin_Fath|
|Sara Snider, Environmental Defense Fund: @Saraesnider|
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.
LivestreamTweets about "#AskAg"
#AskAg: Climate, Economy and Livelihoods
Chris Delgado coordinates the Land Use topic of the New Climate Economy project, a multi-institution research inquiry on the interactions between economic and climate policies. He is particularly interested in the restoration of... more degraded forest and agricultural landscapes. Prior to his work at the World Resources Institute, Christopher was the Economics and Policy Practice Leader in the Agriculture and Environmental Services Department at the World Bank. less
Leif Kindberg is specialist in climate change, natural resources management, and agriculture. He has extensive experience developing and managing projects on climate change adaptation, integrated knowledge management systems,... more agricultural extension services, and solar, hydro-electric and energy efficiency programs. He has been a technical and agricultural services provider to farmers and worked in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Mr. Kindberg is the Deputy Chief of Party, Knowledge Management and Learning on the African and Latin American Resilience to Climate Change Program and is an Associate in the Environment and Natural Resources Sector at Tetra Tech ARD. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). less
Kevin Fath is an Agriculture Development Specialist at the Office of Market and Partnership Innovations in USAID's Bureau for Food Security. In this position he is working on programming under the President's Feed the Future... more Initiative, which aims to sustainably reduce global poverty and hunger. Kevin works to foster public-private partnerships and to increase the adoption of innovative tools, technologies and approaches that encourage investments and enhance food security. Kevin is passionate about achieving sustainable rural livelihood outcomes, helping farmers adapt to climate change, and eradicating extreme poverty. less
Sara Snider builds relationships with agricultural producers to increase economic incentives for environmentally sustainable practices, such as greenhouse gas mitigation, and makes sure that farmers, ranchers and forestland owners... more are rewarded for climate benefits generated under their management. less