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High Level Panel 2: European Commissioner for Agriculture

Climate change – what’s agriculture got to do with it!?

European Commissioner for Agriculture 

Time: Wednesday, 20. January 2021, 11:00 – 12:00 (CET)
Languages: English, French, German, Polish, Spanish

Panel guests will be announced soon


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?

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