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COP22: Not enough action on African agriculture

The COP22 climate change summit, which was hosted on the African continent, was supposed to be the “COP of Action,” by translating the Paris Agreement into practice and by focusing on African priorities. African concerns were placed at the heart of the conference’s debates, but in terms of concrete outcomes, COP22 did not live up to its promise to advance African issues. Almost all African countries prioritise the agricultural sector for adaptation and mitigation in their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) or post-2020 climate action plans. But the crucial questions related to the financing mechanisms have been postponed until COP23, which will be held in Bonn, Germany. To date, the continent has only attracted around 5% of climate funding and a small portion of the agricultural financing that is supposed to be spent on climate smart agriculture. Nevertheless, some ambitious new initiatives were launched on the side lines of COP22, notably the Adaptation of African Agriculture (AAA) Initiative, promoted by the Moroccan Government, which involves 25 African countries, the UNFCCC and the FAO. The AAA Initiative aims to mobilise USD 30 billion to support innovative policies, financial mechanisms and capacity building in Africa. 
 
Find out + about the AAA Initiative: http://www.aaainitiative.org/initiative
Find out + about outcomes of COP22 (French): http://www.rfi.fr/cop22/20161119-maroc-environnement-terre-cop-22-afrique-accord-climat-paris-rechauffement

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