Climate change – what’s agriculture got to do with it!?
European Commissioner for Agriculture
Time: Wednesday, 20. January 2021, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (CET), subsequent deep dive 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Languages: English, French, German, Polish, Spanish
Agricultural processes, particularly the production of food, are by their nature deeply connected to the global carbon cycle. Therefore, attaining a zero-net-emission agricultural sector is, for the time being, impossible. This does not mean, however, that there are no possibilities to reduce the level of emissions generated by agriculture – quite the contrary! In conjunction with innovative technologies and smart farming, it is a realistic ambition to move the agri-food sector closer to climate-neutrality. The ultimate objective is to find a balance between the economic viability of the global food system and its ability to feed a growing world population in a climate-friendly way.
Against this background, the panellists are invited to focus on the following issues and questions:
- How can the agricultural sector and agricultural policy contribute to climate change mitigation?
- How can we make food systems more climate-resilient?
- How can these challenges be better addressed in development cooperation and trade policies?