Americas Advocate for Sustainable Agriculture Group

Americas Advocate for Sustainable Agriculture GroupThe Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Seventeen American countries will advocate for the Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP19) in November for the creation of a working group for agriculture within the Convention United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC), sources said today.

The American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) today released a report that brings together the positions of 17 Latin American countries facing the COP19, to be held in Warsaw from November 11th to 22nd.

These nations will show their support for the creation of a working group on agriculture under the UNFCCC, in which “countries would facilitate decision-making based on science, policies, and measures related to adaptation,” according to the IICA in report.

The 17 countries submitted to the UNFCCC between June and October this year, and noted challenges such as improving the capacity of technology transfer to small farmers, and evaluating the potential impacts of climate change on agriculture in the Americas.

In addition, they aim to strengthen research to determine different degrees of vulnerability and develop better climate information systems.

The set is composed of 17 countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, United States, Guatemala, Haiti, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.

This reasoning behind the creation of the agricultural working group is to address the need for production systems to guarantee food for a growing world population, said the IICA.

“We must remember that agriculture and food security have a very strong bond, so that the adaptation of agriculture to climate change should also be considered to ensure mankind the access and availability of food,” stated the Director General of IICA, Victor Villalobos.

The 17 American countries will also advocate for the need to promote sustainable practices in agriculture. (EFE)

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