6th December - Thematic Day


6th December - Thematic Day


Thematic Day Hosts:
Thematic Day Co-Hosts:

AMPLIFY the priorities of small-scale food producers and pastoralists

9.00–10.30 +4 GMT

Putting smallholder producers first: How can we ensure the future of farming and food amidst the climate crisis?

Farmers are the foundation of our food systems, and yet small-scale farmers and producers in the Global South are especially at risk from climate change.Current efforts to adapt are insufficient. We need to act now to accelerate the financing and implementation of climate action in agri-food and livestock systems for the world’s most vulnerable people in order to reduce emissions and ensure food and nutrition security. Locally-led principles and systems approaches can help to elevate the positive potential of food systems to address the climate crisis.

This event will enhance the understanding of how sustainable agri-food and livestock systems can help mitigate the impacts of land degradation, enhance biodiversity, and play an important role in food systems transformation. The session will bring together farmer representatives, leaders of global initiatives and policy makers to share their visions and actions to galvanise increased support for investing in sustainable and healthy smallholder producers.

11.00–12.00 +4 GMT

The adaptation imperative: Addressing the needs of small-scale food producers

There is an urgent need for greater focus on and investment in climate adaptation efforts by smallholder producers. And we need to explore how such adaptation measures can create co-benefits in terms of mitigation effects and better livelihoods for these producers. 

This session will illustrate why livestock should be an important element of these investments. The livestock sector employs more than 1.3 billion people worldwide and an estimated 600 million of the world’s smallholder farming households earn their living primarily from livestock (GBADs website). 

Amid a mitigation-heavy focus within the COP discussions, this session will highlight adaptation efforts that are most promising with examples from different countries/regions

12.30–13.30 +4 GMT

Loss and damage: Providing a lifeline to smallholders with climate insurance

One Acre Fund proposes a session on the climate rationale, and specific ideas built from our fieldwork, on how insurance can be a central tool for building climate resilience for smallholder farmers (SHFs). The poorest and most climate-vulnerable farmers in the world are the least protected and the only ones who are expected to pay market rates for insurance. We see this as a persuasive equity issue directly related to how loss & damage funds can be applied for maximum impact.


14.00–15.00 +4 GMT

Money talks: What’s holding us back from harnessing climate finance to build resilient food systems?

Smallholder farmers and pastoralists bear the brunt of climate change impacts and unsustainable food systems. They are asked to adapt to a changing climate and produce more food whilst keeping costs down and ensuring sustainability. Farmers need greater access to funds to improve adaptation and mitigation measures to meet these demands. Yet the existing financing architecture alone cannot bridge this gap without innovative and scalable financing solutions grounded in robust evidence.


The session will bring together diverse stakeholders from donors, investors, the private sector, farmer representatives, and civil society to discuss how public and private finance can better support climate adaptation in local food systems in Africa. Discussions will explore opportunities within traditional sources of adaptation finance and more innovative approaches to financing local food systems adaptation, such as blended finance. The session will analyse what is holding back the much-needed investment in climate adaptation in agriculture and livestock, particularly for small-scale producers and pastoralists.

15.30–16.30 +4 GMT

Land, livestock and livelihoods: Early actions for adaptation and resilience-building from Africa’s drylands and rangelands

Drylands and rangelands cover two-thirds of Africa, offering food and livelihood security to hundreds of millions of people, and contributing substantially to GDP. Yet climate change adds layers of uncertainty and variability, exacerbating the risks that communities already face.

This session focuses on ‘anticipatory action’ at the intersection of livestock agri-food systems, climate action, land and mobility rights, security, governance and humanitarian action. It will explore investment priorities and solutions of pastoralist communities as they prepare, adapt and respond to climate shocks in Africa’s drylands and rangelands.

The opportunities are there to achieve transformative change and leverage the dynamic capacities of dryland pastoral systems to provide for both people and the planet. With the right support, pastoralists’ adaptive expertise can inform and enrich future investment choices.

17.00–18.00 +4 GMT

Dietary justice: Can we achieve climate goals with animal agriculture… and nutrition goals without?

The health and nutrition implications of livestock-derived foods in sustainable healthy diets are complex. On the one hand, milk, meat and eggs are important components of healthy and diverse diets, especially for those at risk of malnutrition. On the other hand, in resource-rich contexts there is a need to reduce consumption both for health and climate-related benefits. 

This breakfast meeting will present opportunities for a nuanced discussion around the role of animal-source foods (ASFs) in our food systems. Together, we will address how we can balance the nutritional importance of milk, meat, eggs and fish with the numerous environmental challenges associated with their production on an industrial scale. This session aims to explore these complexities amidst changing dietary trends and global food systems.  

This event is by invitation only. If you are interested in attending, contact: Michael Victor (m.victor@cgiar.org)

18.30–19.30 +4 GMT

Connection to territories: Youth land rights – YPARD

Discussions around youth in agriculture often centre on employment opportunities that do not promote livable wages or decent livelihoods. 

Ensuring that small-scale producers have access to land rights also ensures decent livelihoods, resilient localised food systems, and good biodiversity practices. Moreover, with the increase land destitution, the migration of youth from rural to urban spaces, and the concentration of food production governed by large agribusiness, the need for a just transition is necessary. 

In this expert panel, we will centre the discussion around the connection to land, financial opportunities to access land, and the continuous destitution of land, making it difficult for young people to become the next generation of farmers and landowners. 

Lastly, this event will highlight solutions and next steps to ensuring a Just Rural Transition and how negotiations at the UNFCCC COP28 can support to the achievement these objectives.