Smallholder Farmers Provide the Key to Tackling the Climate Crisis

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With less than 10 years left to meet the targets set in the Paris Climate Agreement and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), two of the legacies from my time as UN Secretary-General, I am calling for a new consensus with smallholder farmers that would drive a radical increase in financial aid, coherent policies, inclusive planning, technologies, and capacity-building for agricultural adaptation.

Channeling more funding to agricultural research and innovation through global networks such as CGIAR, and through joint initiatives such as the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP) and Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM4C) will accelerate the development of technologies and crops that can be adopted by even the poorest farmers.

Read the full op-ed published by the The Independent on October 15, 2021, authored by Ban Ki-Moon, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Deputy Chair of The Elders, and Co-Chair of the Ban Ki-Moon Centre for Global Citizens.

Header photo by the Ban Ki-Moon Centre for Global Citizens.

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