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The Global Climate Change Alliance is holding its second global event this month, where climate change experts and development practitioners will share experience gained in the field with negotiators working on international climate treaties at the highest level.
To date, the agricultural sector, as a net green house gas producer, has largely been seen as part of the climate change problem. But Dr Alex De Pinto of the International Food Policy Research Institute wants to see farmers become part of the climate change solution. Whether it’s through livestock rearing, rice production or the drying of peat, the world’s agricultural producers are widely accepted as being responsible for between 10 and 14 percent of the world’s total Green House Gas production and thus a contributor to climate change.
Capacity4dev Team created a new Article 22 July 2010
The roaming farming practices of nomadic pastoralists may appear to have altered little in hundreds of years, but in today’s unpredictable age of climate change these ancient practices may hold the key to flexible farming in hostile environments and donors should do more to support them, say experts.
Capacity4dev Team created a new Article 18 December 2012
As the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) voluntary partnership agreements (VPA) enter the critical phase of implementation, Members of European Parliament (MEP) have stressed the need to involve and strengthen civil societies in partner countries, to ensure that VPA deliver long-lasting results.
The European Union’s Global Climate Change Alliance, or GCCA, recently held it’s first Global Learning Event to identify achievements and lessons learned so far, and to consolidate thinking towards the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Doha.
Current perceptions of agriculture are too limited, according to expert Jan Douwe van der Ploeg, who would like to see donors embrace and harness the resilience and adaptability of small scale farmers. Donors should not overlook the advantages of small scale agricultural production, which offers greater flexibility particularly in times of shifting market demands, economic uncertainty and threats of climate change.
When it comes to climate change, it’s a mad, mad world. That’s the message from a new EC-commissioned e-booklet, which uses the abbreviation “MAD” to outline a strategic framework for combating global warning: Mitigation, Adaptation, Development.
“The future of food security on the current trajectory is a road to nowhere, and to repeat the statistics that we need to grow 50-70% more food without answering the questions, on what land, with which water and with what kind of seed diversity, is a discussion that merits much greater attention,” said Achim Steiner, the United Nations Environment Programme Executive Director recently in Brussels.  
In just over five years of operation, the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) has grown to support more than forty programmes in Africa, the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific. GCCA countries and ACP member states that may be looking for technical assistance to support the design and implementation of their climate change policies, strategies and interventions are reminded that advice and training is on offer, through both the GCCA Support Facility and the intra-ACP component of the GCCA. 
What Makes a Good Life?
According to organisers of a recent conference in Munich, Europe could learn a lot from the indigenous communities around the world on how to effectively tackle climate change.

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