World’s farmers at Climate Summit

The World Farmers’ Organisation (WFO) has taken its seat at the table of the United Nations’ Climate Summit this week. The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon has welcomed more than 120 world leaders to New York in order to galvanise governments into action on climate change. A number of public-private-civil society coalition initiatives are also planned addressing climate finance, energy efficiency and renewables, and agriculture.

Peter Kendall, WFO President is representing the global agricultural community – small, medium and large-scale farmers – at the Climate Summit, including at the launch of the Global Alliance of Climate Smart Agriculture. The Alliance aims to make agriculture, forestry and fisheries part of the solution to the negative impacts of climate change. Mr Kendall will be calling for action to deliver the triple wins of increased food production, climate change mitigation and adaptation.

NFU Vice President Guy Smith said: “Farmers are on the front-line when it comes to climate change and as the lead representative body for UK farmers, the NFU, gives the issue great importance. Farmers are faced with the twin challenges of weather-proofing their farms while feeding a burgeoning world population. It is important that the UN listens to farmers when it discusses climate change. That’s why the WFO attending the UN Summit will help to ensure that the voices of all the world’s farmers are heard.”

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