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Climate Change Mitigation

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Climate Change is one of the greatest threats to humanity, and agriculture is one of the sectors that is already seeing the negative effects of Climate Change.

 
 

Farmers and global supply chains are suffering from more extreme weather events and an increased incidence of pests, for example. Today a growing number of agricultural businesses identify climate change as a serious long-term risk for their supply management.

Agricultural land use systems can generate significant greenhouse gas emissions, through the conversion of forests to croplands and grazing lands as well as through the poor management of crops and livestock. Globally, agriculture and cattle production accounts for 25% of global GHG emissions.

However, under the right conditions, agriculture can provide a multitude of environmental services that can help mitigate against climate change. This includes carbon sequestration, watershed protection and biodiversity conservation. Sustainable farming practices help farmers to adapt, to maintain production and to improve practices without resorting to harmful techniques. In turn, this enables companies to manage and reduce climate-related risks in their supply chains.

How to address this issue

Taking a Climate Smart approach can help agricultural production adjust to the new realities brought by climate change. Common examples of Climate Smart practices that can increase productivity and resilience, and reduce GHG emissions, include:

  • Reduced and improved use of fertilizers
  • Improved pasture management
  • Crop diversification strategies
  • Soil management techniques
  • Water saving, harvesting and retention systems
  • Reducing encroachment by farms or ranches into forested areas
  • Implementation of agroforestry system, including planting native plant species.

SAN Support

SAN has found a way to embed Climate Smart practices throughout all sustainable farming processes. To help farms and businesses implement the Climate Smart Agriculture practices contained in the SAN Sustainable Agriculture Standard, we design customized solutions based on our partner goals. This includes Assurance Services such as diagnostics, assessments, definition of indicators, monitoring and evaluation, as well as reporting on the status of farms that are adapting to climate change.

We also provide Capacity Development assistance such as coaching and on-the-ground training across multiple farm management and production issues. In addition, we can implement Innovation & Change projects to integrate private and public sector groups, and multi-stakeholder dialogues in which we help deliver programs to combat climate change at regional or multinational levels.